Jane Glassco Arctic Fellowship Papers (2012)
The following is collection of papers written by the Jane Glassco Arctic Fellows (now the Jane Glassco Northern Fellows). This amazing group of future northern leaders worked hard over two years (2010-2012) to research how policy can be improved on a variety of topics of importance to communities from Old Crow to Nain. The results of this research are below.
Title: Sapiliqtailimaniq ǁ Becoming Sapiliqtailimaniq ǁ Becoming Resourceful; Resilient; Rooted; Leaders
Authors: The 2012 Jane Glassco Arctic Fellows
This paper is a joint research project which attempts to pinpoint the kinds of learning environments – within the education system and beyond – that best foster the emergence of “leaders” in Northern Canada. The Fellows conducted interviews with a total of 20 recognized leaders from all across Canada’s North who live and work in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut. Interviewees were asked about their personal educational experiences within the formal school system and informally within their family and community environments, and how these experiences shaped and sharpened their leadership skills.
Navarana Beveridge is currently the Director of Social Policy at the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. Prior to that, Navarana was the Education and Language Policy Analyst with Nunavut Tunngavik Inc, where she played a key role in the development of the Inuit Language Protection Act, the Official Languages Act, and the Nunavut Education Act. Navarana is an Inuit language advocate and is one of the founders of the first Inuktitut daycare in Iqaluit. Her Fellowship paper focuses on the Inuit language in early childhood education in light of the recent passing of the Inuit Language Protection Act and the Nunavut Official Languages Act.
Christine Creyke worked in her home community of Dease Lake, B.C. as the land stewardship co-ordinator. Through this job she has learned about her Tahltan people and their struggle with resource extraction, which is what lead her to pursue a master’s in Natural Resource and Environmental Studies. She successfully defended her thesis in 2011. Christine’s Fellowship paper is a comparative analysis of natural resource management decision-making by governments in the traditional territories of a First Nation with final land claim and self-government agreements and that of a First Nation without.
In December of 2011, Joseph Flowers became the first Inuk from Nunavik to graduate from law school. He has also completed several post-secondary programs including a social sciences program at the college level, a professional cooking program, a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a Bachelor of Law degree. He attributes his educational acheivements in part to the help he received from the Kativik School Board (KSB), an Inuit-run school board which supports and guides students through post-secondary studies. For his Fellowship paper Joseph conducted a qualitative research project to understand which aspects of the KSB program are working particularly well, and which aspects could be improved.
The significance that economic development and the environment play in the future for the North has been the catalyst that has seen Dustin Fredlund employed as a conservation officer, wildlife manager and currently as a director of economic development for the Nunavut Government. Through his Fellowship paper, Dustin examines the complexity surrounding the balancing of progress and preservation in regards to the environment and economic development.
Karen Hall is a second year master’s student at the University of Victoria in the studies in policy and practice in health and social services program. She completed her undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, N.S., with a B.Sc. in health promotion. Karen’s passion and the subject of her Fellowship paper is the search for ways to improve Aboriginal health, particularly through making health care services more culturally appropriate for Aboriginal peoples in the Northwest Territories.
Cynthia James Cynthia works as the Education Support Worker for the Ta’an Kwach’an Council in Whitehorse, Yukon. Cynthia’s role is to provide Ta’an Kwach’an citizens and kindergarten to grade 12 students with educational tools and resources for a successful journey through their elementary and high school careers. Cynthia's Fellowship paper looks at Youth Engagement: Clan Law Education and Community Development policy in the communities of Carcross and Tagish First Nation in Whitehorse, Yukon. Though it is often mentioned within Carcross/Tagish First Nation culture how important youth are, there is presently a lack of engagement. Cynthia has researched various methods to encourage youth participation in the Carcross/Tagish First Nation community, and outlines in her paper how best to implement these strategies.
Nadia Joe’s story is only one strand woven into the tapestry of her family’s story. She recently returned home to the Champagne & Aishihik First Nation in Haines Junction, Yukon to spend more time with her Elders on the land: listening, watching, learning. Nadia’s Fellowship paper discusses sustainable management of water resources. It combines scientific and traditional knowledge and approaches to develop policy measures for water management that provide for water’s sustainable use while maintaining its natural condition – a provision of the Champagne & Aishihik First Nations final agreement.
Jocelyn Joe-Strack is currently working on her M.Sc. with the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Her thesis project is investigating the methylation of mercury by bacteria in southern Yukon lake sediments. To utilize her education and experience with water, Jocelyn’s project involves recommendations for the Yukon’s Water Strategy. Her paper provides an in-depth look at how the Yukon’s water is currently managed and gives insight to challenges and opportunities for the development of a Yukon Water Strategy.
Kyla Kakfwi Scott
Title: Revaluing Northern Studies
Kyla Kakfwi Scott believes in the importance of culture and the value of all forms of knowledge. The child of an aboriginal and non-aboriginal parent, it has been her constant goal to achieve balance between her two cultures, to learn as much as possible, and to carry that knowledge proudly. Kyla’s Fellowship paper looks at the Northern Studies 15 curriculum, the only mandatory high school course developed in the NWT. She seeks to find ways the course can be improved to serve the needs of students, and meet the overarching goal of preparing northern youth for life beyond the school system.
Janine Lightfoot was raised in Makkovik, Nunatsiavut, a small community in Northern Labrador, primarily by her grandparents who taught her to appreciate the land and how to use it. Janine credits her grandmother, Clara, for instilling knowledge in her to help with the struggles of Inuit in her region. Given this background, Janine’s Fellowship paper focuses on resource development in Labrador and the adverse effect it has on the Inuit and Innu populations. She examines the consultation processes that uranium companies adhere to and outlines issues from a historical materialist understanding.
Holly Mackenzie-Stringer is a Dene from the Tlîchô Nation of the North Slave region of the Northwest Territories. Holly is an Intergovernmental Relations Analyst with the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations, Government of the Northwest Territories. Holly’s Fellowship paper examines the ways to develop and nurture Aboriginal women in leadership roles, and how to increase participation of women in all levels of decision making within Aboriginal governance. She also examines the barriers that exist for young women in taking on leadership roles as chiefs and in elected positions of governance.