What are Ethics?

Ethics is a term that captures the values of society that tell us how to behave appropriately and treat each other with respect.

Ethical research means that researchers understand and respect that Inuit have their own protocols for behavior. Ethical standards and requirements are set out in documents called ‘guidelines’, ‘protocols’ or ‘codes’. Researchers must follow guidelines to make sure their work is honourable and respectful (ethical).

To conduct research in Inuit regions, the “Principal Investigator” (the lead researcher) of a research project needs permission from regional authorities and committees. In each of the four Inuit regions (Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut), the rules and regulations are different. Inuit Tuttarvingat has compiled a summary of the research permits and licences required in the Inuit regions.