Dialogue on the North: The Jane Glassco Fellowship

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by Corrigan Hammond

On February 21, 2019, the Institute on Governance will be hosting representatives from the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship for a discussion on leadership initiatives in the North. This fellowship provides future leaders in the Territorial North and Inuit Nunangat with the tools needed for success, and the following article provides some context on its history and work, in the form of a Q&A with Corrigan Hammond, Communication’s Officer at The Gordon Foundation.

What is the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship?

The Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship is a two-year policy development program connecting and empowering the next generation of northern leaders. Since 2010, the program has worked with more than thirty Fellows – aged 25 to 35 – who are at the forefront of economic, social and political transformations in the Territorial North and Inuit Nunangat.

The Fellowship is built around four gatherings and offers skills training, mentorship and networking opportunities with Indigenous leadership and all levels of government. By the end of the program, Fellows develop policy recommendations addressing priority northern issues. Fellows work closely with a northern mentor who guides them through their research and policy work. Through the program Fellows also foster lifelong connections with other pan-northern leaders. The benefit of these bonds will be felt for decades to come.

At the end of the program, their policy recommendations are shared with hundreds of government officials and Indigenous leaders as well as civil society stakeholders. The most recent policy recommendations can be found here: http://gordonfoundation.ca/resource/jane-glassco-northern-fellowship-2015-2017-policy-recommendations/

Who are the Fellows?

A fourth Fellowship cohort was announced in early 2018 which includes Fellows from all three territories as well as Nunavik in northern Quebec. This is the largest cohort yet – and, as always, is as diverse as the North itself.

Current Fellows include civil servants, academics, community leaders, aspiring entrepreneurs and even a former mayor. They are among the best and brightest young minds in Canada. In 2018 they gathered in Whitehorse and Iqaluit. This February they will meet again in Ottawa followed by a final summer gathering in Yellowknife.

The Fellows have strong connections to their home communities where they are already taking on important leadership roles.

Why the Gordon Foundation?

The Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship is a crucial part of The Gordon Foundation’s mission, which is to promote innovate public policies for the North and amplify northern voices.

The Foundation supports Fellows through research grants, stipends, travel funding and access to a Canada-wide network of policy experts, academics and current and former government leaders.

How did the Fellowship come into being?

The Fellowship was established in honour of Jane Lockhart Glassco. Throughout her life, Jane worked tirelessly to bring ideas and projects from the North to the attention of the Canadian philanthropic community.

Following Jane’s passing in 2010, The Gordon Foundation honoured Jane by launching the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship to support young northerners to amplify their voice on public policy issues.

Next Steps

In late 2019, the Jane Glassco Northern Fellows will publish their policy recommendations. Visit http://gordonfoundation.ca/ini... for program updates.

Recruitment of the fifth Fellowship cohort will begin in late 2019 or early 2020. To learn more about the program please email: melaina@gordonfn.org

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Institute on Governance

Institute on Governance

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