March 31: Brown Bag Session on the Pangnirtung Pilot

The Institute on Governance and Senior Associate, John Graham, hosted a brown bag lunch session on the Pangnirtung Pilot Project on Thursday March 31, 2011.

Pangnirtung Pilot

Inuit and First Nation communities are much more diverse in terms of basic living conditions in comparison to communities in the rest of Canada. Given this diversity, governments are beginning to adopt highly differentiated approaches for encouraging socio-economic development. Isolated communities especially require tailored approaches. Pangnirtung, with a population of just over 1300 and located on Baffin Island, is such an isolated community, readily accessible only by air with an annual sealift of supplies.

The Pangnirtung pilot grew out of the Framework for Action for Northern Youth, an initiative developed in 2005-06 by a number of federal departments working with youth in the three territories along with territorial and municipal governments and Inuit organizations. The principal objective of the pilot was to provide a community with one coordinated mechanism for applying for and reporting on youth programming. In January 2007, Pangnirtung was chosen as the pilot community for a three year initiative. The initiative has been renewed for another three years.

The Brown Bag session will provide an overview of the Pangnirtung pilot –the initiatives undertaken, the results obtained, lessons learned and the applicability of this approach to other remote communities across Canada. Two speakers will present their perspectives on this pilot: Chris Heide, the youth coordinator and Doug Klassen, one of the key federal officials involved in the initiative.

The Speakers

Chris Heide is the Coordinator of Making Connections for Youth with the Hamlet of Pangnirtung. He lived in this Nunavut community in the 1980s, returned to live there in 2007 and began as Coordinator that fall. His wife Deborah Hickman is a tapestry weaver and long-time arts consultant with the Uqqurmiut Arts Centre in Pangnirtung. Chris has devoted much of his working life to the concerns of youth including years of exploring the use of drama in community development working with an incredible variety of community groups on topics as diverse as literacy, crime, abuse, immigration and the environment. In 2005 he was honoured with the Gordon Foundation’s Award for Children and Youth in 2008 chosen National Ambassador for Safety Community Service for a project on teen suicide.

Doug Klassen is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Inuit Affairs Secretariat, Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada.


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