OTTAWA, Feb. 9 /CNW/ - The North is part of Canada's image as a northern
country, but many Canadians know very little about it.
What is the population of the North? What kinds of communities exist in
the North? Are Northerners more likely to be young or old, male or
female? What percentage of Northerners speak an Aboriginal language?
The Conference Board of Canada helps answer these questions—and many
more—with its new Northern Community Research Tool (http://www.centreforthenorth.ca/tool). For a description and demonstration of the tool itself, click http://www.centreforthenorth.ca/tool_howto.
Launched today through the Conference Board's Centre for the North (http://www.centreforthenorth.ca/), the tool allows users to customize their study of communities in
Northern Canada, which is made up of the three territories and the
Northern regions of seven provinces.
"The tool will allow users to study the North as never before, and
challenge some of the misconceptions about Canada's North," said
Derrick Hynes, Director, Centre for the North.
"A commonly-held southern perspective is that the North is all the same
- made up of communities that are small, remote, underdeveloped and
resource-based. Northerners beg to differ. Northerners see communities
that are both small and large, remote and central - in short, Northern
communities are very different."
The perspective of the Centre for the North is that the truth lies
between these two images. The Northern Community Research Tool allows
users to investigate similarities and differences across communities,
and across 'types' of communities.
The tool is used in a two step process - selecting first an indicator
and then a range. Information about some 800 Northern communities can
be extracted for nearly 90 indicators, classified under the following
Demography - age, gender, Aboriginal identity and language, population;
Economy - income, economic diversity, unemployment rate, employment by
Education - college and high school graduation, literacy rates, schools;
Geography - latitude and longitude;
Health - employment in health care sector, prevalence of chronic
diseases, mortality rates, infant mortality, life expectancy, birth
weight, obesity, smoking;
Housing -value of dwelling, number of residents per home, households in
need of major repair; and
Society - lone-parent families, voter turnout.
The tool is hosted on the site of the Centre for the North (http://www.centreforthenorth.ca/). Now into its second year, the Centre for the North is a Conference
Board of Canada program of research and dialogue. Its main purpose is
to work with Aboriginal leaders, businesses, governments, communities,
educational institutions, and other organizations to provide insights
into how sustainable prosperity can be achieved in the North. Over its
five-year mandate, the Centre for the North will help to establish and
implement strategies, policies and practices to transform that vision
The Centre for the North has produced more than a dozen Here, the North maps (http://www.centreforthenorth.ca/blogs/herethenorth), three foundational reports (http://www.centreforthenorth.ca/whats_up), and a bi-annual economic outlook for the three territories.
SOURCE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA
For further information:
Brent Dowdall, Media Relations, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 448