Naalak Network

The Naalak Network is an outcome and extension of the Naalak Gathering: A Regional Dialogue on Indigenous Research Governance hosted by the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on March 20 and 21, 2019.

An emergent message from the Naalak Gathering was the urgent need to re-conceptualize the existing system of research oversight and ethical review to respect the rights of Indigenous Peoples and communities including the existing decision-making apparatuses that exist regarding research that is permitted (or not) on Indigenous lands and within communities.

It was unanimous from the 50 people who participated in the Naalak Gathering that there is immediate need for ongoing and continuing education and networking with REBs, researchers, and Indigenous communities. The Naalak Network is about carrying on the spirit and intent of the first gathering.


The Naalak Network is a virtual linkage of researchers, REBs and Indigenous communities who share a common desire to enhance the ethical conduct of research/review with Indigenous Peoples.

If you would like to join the network, please email your request to

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