This begins the second set of articles in our ongoing Arctic Interruptions series. Edited by Sara Komarnisky and Lindsay Bell, this series challenges our expectations about the North and opens new windows on its life and history. The series will appear in Volume 4, Issue 1 of Northern Public Affairs.
W e are three women involved in research in the Northwest Territories. Each one of us comes to the research experience from different backgrounds. However, over the last few years we have collectively expressed our misgivings with some aspects of the Northern research industry and its relationship to Northern governance and Northern self-determination. In this piece, we share our thoughts about how we feel research can be directed towards a reciprocal, accountable praxis that is deeply rooted in the issues that are identified by, and that matter to, Northerners. What follows are three separate meditations on what it means to be accountable as researchers working in the North.