This conference will be the first of its kind in the NWT. It will bring together an emerging resource of northern researchers to discuss how to connect effective research in the service of policy for Indigenous and community organizations.
Specifically, it will:
- Empower and encourage resident northern researchers who serve as researchers and consultants to burgeoning Indigenous and community organizations;
- Network researchers, decision makers, and negotiators from across the NWT who have responsibility for making decisions based on information generated by community-based research;
- Discuss how research projects and their results contribute to building the knowledge and capacity necessary to assist in community development, and for negotiating or implementing land claims and self government, and
- Make recommendations to governments and funders about what is needed to support and promote community based research that responds to the needs and priorities of communities rather than priorities of governments, universities or funding bodies.