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Inuit Community Partnerships to Promote Equitable and Respectful Outcomes in Polar Research

Inuit Community Partnerships to Promote Equitable and Respectful Outcomes in Polar Research

How does Indigenous Knowledge enable critical scientific research? And how can we ensure that cultures and individuals are treated fairly, despite the checkered history of US researcher relations with Indigenous cultures?

Corina Qaaġraq Kramer, an Inuit community leader living and working in a frontline community in the rural NW Alaskan Arctic, and Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq, an Inuit assistant professor of professional and technical writing at Virginia Tech, will discuss how polar research–an interdisciplinary area of study with huge amounts funding support from federal agencies–is innovated by incorporating Indigenous co-production of knowledge methodologies.

Corina and Cana will lead an interactive 90-min workshop that discusses the ways their current interdisciplinary partnership on the Rematriation Project–a project that aims to create capacity for and access to digital archiving and data related to Inuit cultural, tribal, and scientific knowledges and history–uses an Indigenous co-production of knowledge framework based in culturally appropriate values, such as humility, cooperation, and responsibility to tribe.

The workshop will be followed at 4:30 by a 30-minute networking time to meet others and discuss issues and reactions from the workshop.

If you are a VT faculty member and would like to receive PDN credit for this workshop, please register through both this page (to confirm your seat) and the PDN (to enroll for credit). If you would like to attend in-person, please register for in-person, even if there is a waiting list. Everyone will receive the Zoom link regardless of their registration type or waiting list status and we may be able to secure a larger space if there is sufficient in-person demand.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please email library-event-accessibility-g@vt.edu at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Monday, November 7, 2022
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Torgersen 3310
Blacksburg Campus
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Corina Qaaġraq Kramer (co-presenter), Director of Operations, Aqqaluk Trust, Kotzebue, Alaska
Cana Uluak Itchuaqiyaq (co-presenter), Assistant Professor of Professional & Technical Writing, Virginia Tech

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Nathaniel Porter

Social Science Data Consultant and Data Education Coordinator