Laurier’s Yellowknife research office, which it has maintained since 2017, is a vital hub for its cold regions research and for its longstanding partnership with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT). A year-round physical presence in the territorial capital allows Laurier to meet regularly with GWNT and other partners and develop strong working relationships with community members and organizations across the Northwest Territories.
The Laurier Yellowknife research office is located in the Scotia Centre in downtown Yellowknife, in Chief Drygeese territory. Yellowknife is the traditional land of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and the homeland of the North Slave Métis. The Laurier office is home to several year-round staff. It provides temporary workspace to Laurier faculty and staff with research projects in the North, as well as students who travel to Yellowknife to complete field research. The office also offers support and space to researchers from partner institutions and manages access to research equipment stored in a nearby warehouse.
Julia Gyapay provides research and community engagement support for Laurier’s Global Water Futures research program in the Northwest Territories. Working with Andrew Spring and Alex Latta, she collaborates with researchers, territorial and regional governments, and community partners on community-based research projects supporting climate change adaptation and sustainable food systems across the territory.
Gyapay graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences honours degree in Biomedical Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. She then completed a Master of Science in Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, where she characterized culture-centered dietary messages for healthy, safe and culturally appropriate diets in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, N.W.T.
Gyapay was raised on Treaty 8 territory in Hay River, N.W.T. and currently resides on Chief Drygeese territory in Somba K’e (Yellowknife).