This Research Agreement specifies the principles held in common that characterize the governance and practices of the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic including guidelines for access to and use of ReSDA Network resources. This project is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), through their Major Collaborative Research Initiative Program. The agreement builds upon existing cooperative work identifying and developing research priorities of the partner organizations.
The Network is based at Lakehead University with a central coordination office at the Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College and Territorial/regional coordination offices based at the Aurora Research Institute at Aurora College; Nunavut Research Institute at Nunavut Arctic College; Labrador Institute at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Makivik Corporation. The Network team members must conform to the protocols set out in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2), and the ACUNS Ethical Principles for the Conduct of Research in the North and community specific research guidelines. All applicants and grant holders must comply with the Regulations Governing Grant Applications and with the regulations set out in the Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide.
In every respect of its governance and activities, ReSDA will reflect the core principles of transparency, accountability, inclusivity, mutual respect, relationship building, collaboration, and consultative processes. These principles are consistent with, and are reinforced by, the various methodologies used during the project, including Participatory Action Research Strategies (PAR).
ReSDA builds on several existing networks and partnerships. Foundational are the networking and partnership models established by the Social Economy Research Network for Northern Canada (SERNNoCa). A main coordination office is located at the Yukon Research Centre at Yukon College with regional offices established at the Aurora Research Institute in the Northwest Territories, the Nunavut Research Institute, the Nunavik Research Centre at Makivik, and the Labrador Institute. In addition to these coordination offices, regional social sciences laboratories will be established at the same locations with funds provided by CFI. These will ensure that researchers have dedicated spaces and the necessary equipment for their research.
ReSDA is governed by a Steering Committee composed of 11 voting members. This includes the Principal Investigator, the other Theme Coordinators, one International ReSDA researcher elected for a 3 year period, and 5 representatives from the partner institutions representing the 5 regions of the Canadian North. Initially the partner institutions will be the Yukon Research Centre (formerly the Northern Research Institute), Aurora Research Institute, Nunavut Research Institute, Makivik Corporation, and the Labrador Institute. The Steering Committee is assisted by the Management (Scientific) Committee, composed of the 4 Theme Coordinators and the ReSDA network coordinator. This committee evaluates the subproject research proposals submitted.
In addition to supporting the activities of the Steering Committee, regional Partnership Advisory committees discuss progress on regional research activities, evaluate future needs, and plan regional knowledge dissemination and transfer activities. These are composed of regional partners, researchers and theme coordinators.