It is important that researchers collaborate closely with people in the community and that they ensure their proposed research is relevant and has significant benefits for them. There are a number of ways researchers can promote harmonious collaboration with Indigenous communities:
- Ensure the transfer of skills between researchers and Indigenous Peoples;
- Develop the employability of the Indigenous Peoples by hiring and training local resources;
- Act as a role model for the communities’ young people by sharing not only your knowledge, but also your career path as a researcher;
- Implement permanent tools that are of benefit to the communities;
- Purchase goods and services locally, where possible, when in the North;
- Minimize your ecological footprint by leaving no waste behind and no equipment that cannot be used by the community members;
These recommendations reflect INQ’s sustainable development values and address the requests and needs of the Indigenous Peoples.