Public Information Session A Big Success: On October 8, Northern Policy Institute hosted a public information session at the Meno Ya Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout. Over 30 people attended the session, including Northern Policy Institute members, directors, key stakeholders from throughout the region, and the general public. This was our fifth public information session in Northern Ontario. These sessions not only allow us to meet the people in the communities that we serve, it also provides us with a great opportunity to learn about the issues that matter to the region.
Our time in Sioux Lookout also included Northern Policy Institute’s first Annual General Meeting, two director’s meetings, a staff retreat, a tour of the Meno Ya Win Health Centre and Queen Elizabeth District High School. You can see some of the photos from our tours here.
Northern Policy Institute participates in Ontario Economic Summit: On October 24, Northern Policy Institute president, Charles Cirtwill, served as a lead discussant during the 2014 Ontario Economic Summit in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The panel discussion, entitled, “The Federal Role in Ontario’s Road from Recovery to Growth,” also included Matthew Mendelsohn of the Mowat Centre and Jamison Steeve of the Martin Prosperity Institute. The discussion covered the federal government’s role in Ontario’s economic recovery and what federal public policy adjustments are required to help Ontario businesses compete and generate wealth. The Northern Policy Institute is partnering with the Mowat Centre and the Martin Prosperity Institute on a project to define an “Ontario Economic Agenda” for the federal elections in 2015. In Niagara the three groups released a discussion paper and invited everyone to offer their comments.
You can find a copy of the discussion paper on our website here. We encourage you to read it and offer us your thoughts on how the federal government can best contribute to future growth in Northern Ontario.
We will also be taking this consultation on the road, so watch for us this spring as we come to communities near you to get your ideas face to face.
Authors attend Education Conference: Paul Bennett and Jonathan Anuik, co-authors of the latest Northern Policy Institute research report, “Picking up the Pieces: A Community-School Based Approach to First Nations Education Renewal,” attended the Canadian History of Education Association Conference in Saskatoon, SK. The conference, "Regulations, Resistances, and Reconciliations: Histories of Education" included a panel discussion with Bennett and Anuik on educational devolution and community-based schooling with a focus on First Nations education policy initiatives from 1972 to 2013. Their research report was also distributed to over 90 delegates attending the conference from across the country.
In the Media: A new blog published on the Northern Policy Institute website has generated a lot of interest in the mining community throughout Ontario. Rick Millette’s blog, “Stainless Steel and the Ring of Fire,” has been posted to the mining forum, Republic of Mining. You can see it here.