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A framework for co-production of knowledge in the context of Arctic research
Negeqlikacaarni kangingnaulriani ayuqenrilnguut piyaraitgun kangingnauryararkat

Ellam Yua
Julie Raymond-Yakoubian, Kawerak, Inc., Alaska
Raychelle Aluaq Daniel, Pew Charitable Trusts
Carolina Behe, Inuit Circumpolar Council Alaska


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The Arctic has been home to Indigenous Peoples from time immemorial. Distinct Indigenous worldviews and complex knowledge systems have been passed on from generation to generation, evolving over time in a living process that continues to this day. Indigenous Peoples' knowledge systems hold methodologies and assessment processes that provide pathways for knowing and understanding the Arctic, which address all aspects of life, including the spiritual, cultural, and ecological, all in interlinked and supporting ways. For too long, Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic and their knowledges have not been equitably included in many research activities. We argue for systematic change in how research-related activities are conducted in the Arctic. Bringing together multiple knowledge systems, specifically Indigenous Peoples' knowledge systems and science, can lead to more equitable, inclusive, and useful outcomes. The co-production of knowledge framework that we forward is designed to assist researchers, decision makers, and communities in moving toward those goals. Given increased interest in the Arctic by the research community, the complex, rapid, and ongoing change in Arctic systems, and amidst renewed and urgent calls for equity globally and across all spheres of life, adoption of a co-production of knowledge framework for the conduct of Arctic research is timely as well as a moral and intellectual imperative. Further, solutions to challenges facing the Arctic and global community are enhanced by the combined understanding of Indigenous Peoples' knowledges and science.


Imukenirnek Negeq likacagaat [makuni igani "Arctic"] nutem tamakumiunek ciulialget nunaketuit. Ukanirpak nutem tamakumiunek ciulialget ukveruciteng ellameng-llu tungiinun elitelteng kinguvallrukait piinanermeggni man'a engelkarrluku cimirturluteng. Nutem Negeqlikacaarmiunek ciulialget elitellermegteggun nunameng tungiitnun nallunritlerkameggnun yuvrillerkameggnun-llu piyararluteng kangingnauryararluteng-llu, yuucimeggni tamalkuita cat yuita, piciryarameng, ellam-llu tungiinun atunem ilakluki. Ukanirpak nutem Negeqlikacaarmiunek ciulialget elitellrit tapeqluki ilangcinrilkurtessiyaagluki kangingnautuut. Negeqlikacaarni Kass'at kangingnauryaraita piciryarait cimiisqumaaput. Ayuqenrilnguut elitellritgun, arcaqerluki nutem Negeqlikacaarmiunek ciulialget Kass'at-llu kangingnauryarait tapeqluki, atunem pitallgutekluki kinkunun cangallrunrilngurnek, ilakuralrianek, atuunruarkaulrianek-llu kingungqerrarkauluteng. Yuullgutkenrilnguut Negeqlikacaarmiunek ciulialget Kass'at-llu elitellritgun atunem caliyaraq, makut igaqeput tamatum tungiinun ikayuutnguarkauluteng. Kangingnaurtet caungengatki Negeqlikacagaat, tamakumiuni-llu ayuqenrilngurteggun cukamek cimirturalriit, cali-llu ellam tamiini yuut tamalkuita pitalkelluki pisqeńgatki, ayuqenrilnguut elitellritgun atunem caliyaraq Negeqlikacaarni pinariluni, elluarluni, elitnaulrianun-llu nancunaunani. Cali-llu Negeqlikacagaat ellam-llu tamiini arenqiallugutaita kitugutkait, atunem nutem Negeqlikacaarmiunek ciulialget Kass'at-llu kangingnauryarateng aturluki elluanruut. Cali-llu Negeqlikacagaat ellam-llu tamiini arenqiallugutaita kitugutkait, atunem nutem Negeqlikacaarmiunek ciulialget Kass'at-llu kangingnauryarateng aturluki elluanruut.

Key words

Arctic; collaboration; co-production of knowledge; ellam yua; equity; Indigenous; Indigenous Peoples' knowledge; partnerships; research

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