Government of Canada Supports Policy and Leadership Development Program for Young Emerging Northern Leaders

News Release

December 20, 2016 – Ottawa, ON – Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

The Government of Canada is committed to supporting young northern leaders and providing them with the opportunity to take action on issues that matter the most to them and their communities.

Today, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced support for the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is an initiative of the Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation. It provides young, emerging northern leaders with the tools and knowledge to researchand develop policies that address important subjects like sustainable development, education, and criminal justice.

In 2016-17, INAC will contribute $250,000 toward the Fellowship program. This funding will support the Fellows as they gather together, learn from field experts, and conduct their research. Today's investment will also contribute to the future development of the program.


"I am very proud to be able to support future northern public policy professionals through the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship program. These brilliant and inspiring young people represent the future of the North. Their experience, energy and ideas, together with the learning and mentorship built into this impressive programme, will help us to build strong, vibrant northern communities for generations to come."

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, M.D., P.C., M.P.,
Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs

"Through our Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship program, The Gordon Foundation supports young northerners to develop public policy solutions for the realities of living and working in Canada's North. We are pleased that Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada recognizes that this next generation of northern leaders will play an important role in healthy northern communities, and we thank the federal government for their commitment to supporting this program."

Sherry Campbell,
President and CEO, The Gordon Foundation

Quick facts

  • The Gordon Foundation conducts research, leadership development and public dialogue work in the areas of northern community initiatives and freshwater protection initiatives.
  • 28 Fellows have entered the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship program since its founding year in 2010.
  • Fellows are residents or former residents of Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik or Nunatsiavut.

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For more information, the media may contact:

Sabrina Williams
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Media Relations
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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