Getting to know Canada’s North: Learning from Northern and Indigenous policy leaders on issues and opportunities of today and solutions for tomorrow



This event is intended for Max Bell School students, staff and faculty only.

Since 2010, the Gordon Foundation has brought together northern policy leaders in Canada. The Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship program is a two year program offering Fellows skills training, mentorship, and networking opportunities. The Max Bell School of Public Policy is excited to welcome several fellows to learn about the research they conducted during this program, their views on how to improve community engagement, and ways to address gender inequities in policy-making.


Kelly Panchynshyn was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, on the Traditional Territory of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council and the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. She has mixed ancestry, with family ties to both Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples. As a Fellow, Kelly’s research focused on food sovereignty, community identity and co-governance in the Yukon. Kelly is currently completing her Master’s of Community Engagement, Social Change and Equity at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus.

Kristen Tanche is Łıı́d́lıı̨ ̨Kųę́ ́First Nation, Dehcho Dene. She is also of Icelandic and settler Canadian ancestry. She was raised in Wynyard, Saskatchewan, and Whati, Gameti, Yellowknife and Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories. As a young adult she returned to her mother’s home community of Fort Simpson to re-connect with her family, community and Dene culture. As a Fellow, Kristen examined addiction programming and related services offered by the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) in Fort Simpson, Northwest Territories (NWT). Kristen currently works for Dehcho First Nations.

Kaviq Kaluraq lives in Baker Lake, Nunavut. As a Fellow, Kaviq explored barriers that Inuit communities face in education and how they can regain control of their education by participating in land based programming. She is interested in policies that allow for knowledge and skills mobilization for traditional Inuit knowledge about the environment using Inuktitut, as well as barriers to mobilization created by policies. Kaviq is an instructor in the Nunavut Arctic College’s Nunavut Teacher Education Program. She is also the Acting Chairperson of the Nunavut Impact Review Board, currently serving her third term.

This session will involve short presentations followed by an open discussion. In preparation, please take a look at:

This session will be moderated by Emily Nickerson and Danielle Appavoo, who are both students in the Max Bell MPP program. 

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