The Sikumiut Model is a co-developed, decolonized approach to research practices for Inuit and non-Indigenous researchers.
This model supports Inuit governing research and Inuit youth mentored by non-Indigenous research partners in order to provide training so they can conduct the research themselves (Wilson et al., 2020, p. 1).
This model created the community-based sea-ice monitoring program “SmartICE”. Local Inuit community members monitor and evaluate sea-ice as well as work together with new tools and technology to help teach Inuit youth about IQ and sea-ice.
This model shows how “having Inuit in decision-making positions ensured Inuit data ownership, accessibility, and control over how their Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is documented, communicated, and respected for its own scientific merit. It examines the benefits and potential to build on the existing research capacity of Inuit youth and describes the guidance and lessons learned from a non-Indigenous researcher in supporting Inuit self-determination in research.” (Wilson et al., 2020, p. 1).
Read all of Wilson et al.’s (2020) Changing the role of non-Indigenous research partners in practice to support Inuit self-determination in research.