Take it from the Top Northern Perspectives on: Southern Canada, Newcomers to the North, and their land and people

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: social sciences, education, northern perspective

Principal Investigator: Robinson, Suzanne M (7)
Licence Number: 14314
Organization: Inuvik Literacy Circle and Aurora College Inuvik Learning Centre
Licensed Year(s): 2010 2009 2008
Issued: Mar 27, 2008
Project Team: Linda Flynn (Supervisor, Inuvik Learning Centre), David King (Technical Support, Inuvik Learning Centre), Inuvik Learning Centre Students (Research Team, Aurora College)

Objective(s): The objective of this project is to train students to conduct primary research using video interviews and reflective assignments, to support learning and increased research by Northerners, and to create a high quality learning tool for students.

Project Description: This licence was issued for the scientific research licence application # 756.

The objective of this project is to train students to conduct primary research using video interviews and reflective assignments, to support learning and increased research by Northerners, and to create a high quality learning tool for students.

Student methods will be journaling, questionnaires, focus groups, and interviews (20-40 people) using video equipment. Approximately 20 students will discuss their thoughts on Southern and Northern Studies, construct interviews, select participants, conduct interviews, and review and edit footage.
The themes will be:
1) Southern Studies - Northerners on the South: Northerners have a wealth of experience with Southern people, it is time to consider Southern culture from Northern perspectives. What observations and conclusions have Northerners made about Southern culture?
2) Northerners speak to Southern newcomers: if Northerners could say anything to Southerners what would they say?
3) Northerners speak to Northerners: If Northerners could say anything to other Northerners what would they say? Students will find out what Northerners really want to say to their community about living in the North.
4) Who are Northerners? How do students see Northern culture and social organization?
5) Northern land: How is the Northern climate a unique place to live? How is climate change affecting Northern people? Are Northerners still connected to the land?
6) Northern people: How is the culture and history both ancient and alive? How is Northern life adapting in this ever-changing world?
The six segments will be shown at community events and be shared with schools throughout the Territories and, if possible, with Southern institutions. Educational materials will be developed and included with the segments on DVD. Copies of videos and reports will be shared with local libraries and educational institutions. The final product will be shared with a community viewing and possibly with APTN through ICS and internet.

Fieldwork will be conducted from March 28 to December 31, 2008, in Inuvik.