Reconciliation through Marine Safety and Shipping? Inuvialuit experiences and engagement

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Gwich'in Settlement Area

Tags: social sciences, socio-economics, marine safety

Principal Investigator: Beveridge, Leah F (2)
Licence Number: 16917
Organization: Dalhousie University
Licensed Year(s): 2021
Issued: Nov 25, 2021

Objective(s): To help improve future engagement on marine safety and shipping in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region by talking to Inuvialuit about what has worked well in the past, what could be improved, and whether the interactions with the federal government have changed over time.

Project Description: This licence has been issued for the scientific research application No.4900.

This project aims to understand whether reconciliation can happen when working marine safety and shipping issues and how. The goal of this project is to help improve future engagement on marine safety and shipping in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region by talking to Inuvialuit about what has worked well in the past, what could be improved, and whether the interactions with the federal government have changed over time. The research is intended to benefit: 1) Inuvialuit by supporting their self-determination in marine safety and shipping; 2) Inuit, other Indigenous peoples in Canada and the federal government by sharing the lessons learned for engaging and working with Inuvialuit; and 3) other researchers who are studying reconciliation and/or Arctic shipping.

Information for this study will be gathered through a workshop on December 5, 2021 in Inuvik where participants will be asked to share their experiences working with the federal government on shipping issues over time, and to explain what has been important when working together and why. Participants will also participate in one-on-one interviews between December 6-17, 2021 and again in spring 2022. Participants are the chair and 12 board members of the Inuvialuit Game Council, and 1-2 Inuvialuit representatives from the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation. The Inuvialuit Game Council has confirmed their participation, but representatives from the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation have not yet been formally invited.

With the information gathered through the workshop and first round of interviews, the experiences of Inuvialuit interacting with the Government of Canada on marine safety and shipping over time will be document using a storytelling approach. An analysis will then explore key themes that arise within the stories; these themes will be the focus of the second round of interviews. How the stories and themes relate to the scholarly literature on reconciliation will then be discussed.

The research findings will be shared through the following ways: a workshop report, a report on the first analyses, and a final research report; Ms. Beveridge's doctoral thesis and scholarly publications; and other outputs as agreed to by the Inuvialuit Game Council. These other outputs could include tailored reports or presentations for individual communities or organizations in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region; policy briefs for federal departments and agencies; or presentations at academic and non-academic conferences and events.

The fieldwork for this study will be conducted from December 5, 2021 to December 31, 2021.