The Research Program


The Canadian Northern Corridor Engagement Program

The Canadian Northern Corridor Research Program is conducting a series of engagement activities. The engagement program has two parts: a series of virtual roundtables with representatives of stakeholder and Indigenous rights-holder organizations from across the country; and a combination of virtual and in-person community engagement sessions with Indigenous and non-Indigenous community leaders and local residents.

Research findings from the engagement activities will be shared with participating stakeholder and Indigenous rights-holder groups, and communities. Findings will also be used in formal reports for policy makers and in academic publications, as well as to inform future Canadian Northern Corridor research.  

Roundtable Series – Sharing Knowledge and Informing Future Research

The Roundtables are a series of virtual sessions taking place from January to June 2022. These sessions are by invitation only and bring together diverse voices and perspectives from across Canada to discuss the opportunities, challenges, and implications of a Canadian Northern Corridor. This includes stakeholder groups in government, industry, business, the non-profit sector, Indigenous rights-holder communities, and organizations such as Indigenous governments and advocacy organizations. 

Discussions will focus on a broad spectrum of topics from environmental, social and national security concerns, to regional trade and economic development, to legal and regulatory issues. The goal of this process is to develop an inclusive and balanced picture of stakeholders and rights-holders’ assessment of the potential risks and benefits associated with corridor infrastructure development in Canada.

Get Involved
  • Do you work in one of the following areas?
    • National- or regional- level Indigenous organization, government, or advocacy group
    • Municipal, provincial, or territorial government or Crown corporation
    • Natural resources, energy, trade, or agriculture
    • Transportation, telecommunications or infrastructure
    • Tourism
    • Social or Environmental NGO
    • Financing and Indigenous Financing
  • Are you in a position to represent your organization, sector, or interest group and have the authority to speak on its behalf?

If the answer to both of these questions is ‘Yes’ and you would be interested in potentially representing your organization, sector, or interest group at one of the roundtable sessions, please contact us at


  • RT1: Municipal Governments (West) - January 25, 2021
  • RT2: Indigenous Governments and Organizations (West) – February 1, 2022
  • RT3: Provincial Governments (West) – February 8, 2022
  • RT4: Provincial Governments (East) – February 22, 2022
  • RT5: Indigenous Governments and Organizations (North) – March 1, 2022
  • RT6: Municipal Governments (East) - March 8, 2021
  • RT7: Municipal Governments (North) – March 15, 2022
  • RT8: Social NGOs – March 22, 2022
  • RT9: Environmental NGOS – March 29, 2022
  • RT10: Industry 1 – Transportation – April 5, 2022
  • RT11: Indigenous Governments and Organizations (East) - April 12, 2021
  • RT12: Industry 2 – Energy – April 19, 2022
  • RT13: Territorial Governments - April 26, 2021
  • RT14: Industry 3 – Telecommunications – May 3, 2022
  • RT15: Industry 4 – Tourism – May 17, 2022
  • RT16: Industry 5 – Natural Resources – May 31, 2022
  • RT17: Finance and Indigenous Finance – June 14, 2022

* exact dates are subject to change

Community Engagement Sessions

The Community Engagement Sessions will take place from January to July 2022. We are engaging Indigenous and non-Indigenous geographic communities across Northern and Mid-Canada to discuss what a Canadian Northern Corridor could mean for them in terms of benefits and costs. This includes exploring connectivity such as transportation and telecommunications; visioning economic opportunities; and identifying social, environmental and cultural interests and concerns. Our goal is to hear as many perspectives, opinions, stories, and ideas as possible in order to get an inclusive and balanced picture of how corridor development could create opportunities and challenges within Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

The communities our research team will be working with are a mix of rural and urban, remote and accessible, inland and port, as well as, East, West, and North. Approximately half of the communities we plan to visit are Indigenous governed or have a majority population of Indigenous Peoples, including Métis, First Nations, and Inuit communities.

While our initial engagement activities will be conducted virtually due to public health considerations, most of our research activities will involve travel to communities themselves to hold both formal engagement sessions and informal conversations with all interested community members.

Get Involved

At this time, only members of invited communities are able to participate in our Community Engagement Program. However, you are invited to contact us at with your questions, concerns, and any other feedback about our engagement program.

If you are a member of a participanting community, our virtual community engagement portal will launch on 4 January, 2021.  

Research Ethics

The University of Calgary’s Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB) reviewed and approved all engagement activities . This means that engagement activities have been reviewed to ensure the ethical treatment of participants; this includes clear and accessible consent processes, protection of participant information and confidentiality, and minimizing any risks associated with participation for both individuals and communities. The Research Program operates with arms-length research funding and is not affiliated with any infrastructure project proponent, advocacy group or government entity.

The CNC Research Team additionally works with all participating Indigenous organizations and communities to ensure that the principles of OCAP (Ownership, Control, Access, Possession) are respected and applied to engagement activities and resulting research findings. This includes respecting the proprietary nature of certain data, returning research findings to participating organizations and communities, and ensuring that Free, Prior, and Informed Consent is an integral part of all engagement processes.