The Government of Canada’s recent announcement of an Inuit-Crown Partnership Committee has reaffirmed the unique political predicament the Inuit peoples of Canada face. It is paramount that the reconciliatory endeavors of the Canadian government recognize and are sensitive to that uniqueness. As well as contending with a host of issues felt broadly by the Indigenous population, Inuit communities have their own set of challenges – challenges that are shaped by geographical circumstances, cultural practices, demographic shifts and political convictions. Today on Beyond the Headlines, we explore some of the policy issues faced by the diverse communities that make up Canada’s Inuit peoples. Through discussions of self-governance, innovation in Northern communities and inclusion in urban centres, we hope you come away with a deeper appreciation of the complexity of Inuit experiences and the determination of Inuit political action.
Joshua Stribbell is the President of the National Urban Inuit Youth Council. He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Toronto Inuit Association, and runs a program for Inuit youth in Toronto called Torontomiutaujugut. He was born and raised in Keswick, Ontario. His family is from Iqaluit, Nunavut.
“Need to give kids a love for the environment, and I would say the same thing for the humanities[…]if you give people love for humans then you’re going to stop these cycles of racism and marginalization.” – Joshua Stribbell, National Urban Inuit Youth Council President
Adrienne Davidson is a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the School of Public Policy & Governance. She comes to SPPG from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she was a Fulbright Visiting Researcher from 2016-17. Her tenure as a postdoctoral fellow marks her return to SPPG. Her PhD, also at the University of Toronto, focused on interdisciplinary policy research with a focus on comparative federalism in Canada and the US. Adreinne’s research also touches on Indigenous politics and multi-level governance, environmental policy, and childhood education.
“The Government of Canada has a responsibility to make sure the infrastructure is right. The regions will decide what kind of future they want.” – Dr. Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan campus. Ken was raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, and has long-standing professional and personal interests in Aboriginal rights, northern development, northern Canadian history, science, technology and society, and Japan Studies.
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