Visit the journal website https://xagotseehkojournal.com to look at issues of the journal!

Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ in the Tłı̨chǫ language, translates to having a campfire. Fire is important to Northerners; a campfire is where people gather, share stories, seek warmth, cook food, and many other activities. Like a campfire, the Journal is a space to exchange information and bring together voices from across the North. To that end, the Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal accepts submissions from across regions, disciplines, languages, and genres.


Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ is pronounced ha-goat-seh-ko. Listen to Rosa Mantla pronounce Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ in this audio clip


Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal invites scholars, artists, researchers, youth, community members, Elders, and Indigenous knowledge holders to submit original work to the journal. We intend to publish two issues annually and include a diverse range of work including but not limited to: research papers, literature reviews, written or photo essays, audio or visual artwork in any medium, book reviews, conference reports, stories, creative works, interviews, biographies, community knowledge, and letters to the editor.


Submission information

  • Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal publishes work in any NWT official language.
  • Submissions will be accepted in any artistic, audio visual, or written format that can be shared in a digital web-based forum.
  • Collaborative and co-authored submissions between scholarly and community worlds and Indigenous and Western knowledge systems are encouraged.
  • Authors can choose to submit their work to be peer reviewed. Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal has an open and expanded peer review process that includes both scholarly and community reviewers. Updated submission guidelines will include details on submitting work to be reviewed. 
  • Audio/visual submissions are accepted in any media that can be displayed online. These submissions require an artist statement that explains the work.
  • All submissions can be emailed to: xagotseehko@auroracollege.nt.ca or jdavey-quantick@auroracollege.ca.




Current Issue:

*Published April 23, 2024*: Caribou Stories Vol. 2 No. 2 (link: https://xagotseehkojournal.com/index.php/xgsk/issue/view/582)

The inaugural issue of the Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal focused on Education in the North. The Journal featured stories, research, art, and knowledge about education in the North and visions for its future. This issue of the journal was made available online during Fall 2022 (Link: https://xagotseehkojournal.com/index.php/xgsk/issue/view/380).


Name: Jessica Davey-Quantick
Institutional Affiliation: Aurora Research Institute, Managing Editor of XÀGOTS’EÈHK’Ǫ̀ and Knowledge Translation Specialist
Email address: jdavey-quantick@auroracollege.ca


In March 2022, journal collaborators recorded videos about what Education in the North means to them. Watch and listen to learn more:

Education in the North - John B Zoe (link to video), Denise McDonald (link to video), Lois Edge (link to video)

The importance of Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ (Campfire) – Rosa Mantla (link to video)

What is Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal – Pertice Moffitt (link to video)



Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal is a collaborative project led by partners from Aurora College, Hotıì ts'eeda: NWT SPOR Support Unit, and Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.

Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal is a space for exchanging stories, research, philosophy, and art, and unify Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, knowledge holders, community members, and artists regardless of regional or disciplinary boundaries.

This new, Northern-based open access journal publishes work in multiple genres on topics important to Northerners, and aims to share, strengthen, and celebrate Northern peoples’ relationships to land, language, culture, and way of life.

To contact the journal, email xagotseehko@auroracollege.nt.ca or jdavey-quantick@auroracollege.ca.


About the logo

In 2020, Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal invited northerners to submit logo designs for the journal. The selected design was created by Aidan Cartwright, a teacher and resident of Yellowknife, in collaboration with his wife Simone Tielesh.

The overlaid sticks are the foundation of the fire, representing collaboration and cooperation between distinct entities with a common purpose. (LAND)

The two flames of the fire are representative of learners, scholars, youth, and Elders. The one with greater knowledge is the larger flame and the learner or student is the smaller flame. Eventually the smaller flame becomes the larger flame through experience, an example of the cycle of learning and knowledge-sharing. (CULTURE)

The rings of light emanating from the fire are representative of what comes from knowledge sharing – stories, research, philosophy, and art. (WAYS OF LIVING)


XÀGOTS’EÈHK’Ǫ̀̀ in the news


May 27, 2024: Join XÀGOTS’EÈHK’Ǫ̀ Journal's Editorial Advisory Board 

January 9, 2024: NEW DEADLINE Xàgots’eèhk’ǫ̀ Journal call for submissions; Due March 15, 2024

March 31, 2021: Aurora College and Hotıì ts’eeda plan to start new journal



Thank you to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) for funding for this project.