Research and Speaking

Speaking Engagements

We Can Do Better: Building an NWT Common Front, Northern United Place, Yellowknife September 19, 2015

Speaking on a panel at the Common Front, which inspired (in part) my subsequent blog for Northern Public Affairs.





Northern Public Affairs (September 2015)

Northern Journal (December 2015)

Women in Northern Politics

Northern Public Affairs Magazine Blog (May 2014)

NWT Resource Revenues

Northern Public Affairs Magazine Blog (November 2013)

Settler Responsibilities in Relationship with Indigenous Peoples

Decolonization Journal  (December 2012)

“Traditional Knowledge, Co-existence and Co-resistance”, in Decolonization Journal Special Issue on Land Based Education Vol. 3 (3), November 2014.

Interview on CKLB Radio’s Moccasin Telegraph

NWT Devolution

Writings on this can be found at:

The Northern Journal, March 2014 (search under Irlbacher if the article does not display).

Edge Magazine (found on page 38) February 2013

Up Here Business magazine, January 2013 Issue

CBC As It Happens  January 2013

Northern Public Affairs Magazine Blog


Recorded Talks

TEDx Talk: “Traditional Knowledge, Co-existence and Co-resistance, at the Tlicho Traditional Knowledge Festival: Ilaa Kati, Yellowknife NWT, September 20-22, 2014.

This TEDx Yellowknife event brought together Traditional Knowledge holders, scientist and activists from around the world. (Photo on left: Tessa Macintosh)

Carole Mills (AANDC Contaminants Directorate) and I during panel discussion.

3rd Annual Munk-Gordon Arctic Security Conference: Arctic Peoples and Security

I spoke at this conference January 30, 2013, University of Toronto, Munk School of Global Affairs. The webcast can be found here. The talk starts at the 6.05 mark. In this talk I focus on the relationship between economic and social wellness as a pillar of Arctic Security.

Pathways to Prosperity: the Northern Governance and Economy Conference

My presentation (audio) can be found Panel 1 on day 1 starting at the 45:00 mark.

Held October 10-12, 2012 in Yellowknife, this conference brought together academics, policy makers, business decision-makers, Indigenous government representatives and social activists to discuss the links between social and economic wellness in the Northwest Territories.

The conference website is, where you can find downloadable versions of conference presentations, and sound files.




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