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Center receives international recognition for research

Headshots of Nadine Fabbi and Patricia Johnston

April 8, 2024

The special edition of the American Review of Canadian Studies (ARCS), edited by Center director Nadine Fabbi and 2020-22 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow Patricia Johnston, was just awarded Best Special Issue for 2023 by the Council of Editors of Learned Journals.

The Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) – an international organization of about 450 editors of scholarly journals in all disciplines and affiliated with the MLA – has awarded its Best Special Issue Award (2023) to ARCS for vol. 52, no. 3 “Social Services, Supports, and Well-being in Arctic Canada and Beyond” edited by Patricia Johnston and Nadine Fabbi. The 18-month project was part of an Office of Global Affairs grant, and was especially unique for including translation of all abstracts in the relevant Inuit languages.

Access the special issue here and read some of the judges’ comments below:

“The judges found the editorial process to be innovative and noteworthy, given the high degree of collaboration editors employed in the research and editing processes. The publication process was part of a larger 18-month project and pushed the editorial team to utilize new ideas to decolonize the peer review process and challenge scholarly practice. Reviewers especially appreciated the care taken to center Indigenous ideas about wellbeing, both in content and in practice—for example, including abstracts in English and in the dialects of Inuktitut for almost all of the articles.

This special issue provides a significant intervention in thinking about the health and wellbeing of Indigenous people in Arctic Canada, and has implications for approaches to public health and social services in Indigenous communities beyond Canada–especially in considering relationality as essential to research and practice and in drawing on Indigenous knowledges.”