All of the Group’s research advocates an approach involving close interaction between research, teaching and the concrete, practical world of public, para-public, community-based and governmental action. In order to understand territoriality in the North in all its complexity, it relies on the co-construction of knowledge in which the populations concerned participate by providing guidance for the research, including the selection of topics, research orientations, empirical work and methods for disseminating and using the knowledge.

The Group’s work is based on the principles of respect, dialogue, reciprocity, collaboration and the sharing inherent in indigenous methodologies. The nature, extent and terms of the participation of the indigenous communities involved, as well as the respective commitments between the researchers and those communities, are determined in advance and approved in research agreements concluded with the targeted communities or institutions. The various forms of collaboration sought are determined by means of intercultural monitoring committees.