The Next Generation of Northern Leaders Gather in Ottawa

Speakers Include The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, PC, MP and The Right Honourable Joe Clark, PC, CC

OTTAWA, Feb. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - This week 10 emerging leaders hailing from communities in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon, will gather in Ottawa for an inside look at public policy development at the federal level. As public attention turns to a renewed nation-to-nation relationship, these young leaders are poised to take their place as strong voices for their communities, on a range of social justice issues.

Over four intensive days, the Jane Glassco Northern Fellows will collaborate with current and former politicians, civil servants, advisors, and mentors to learn and prepare themselves for the leadership roles they will one day take on in their communities. Highlights of the Jane Glassco Nothern Fellows' educational programming in Ottawa include:

  • The Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, PC, CC, Former Prime Minister of Canada and Board Member at Canadians For a New Partnership, and Tina Keeper, Board Member at Canadians For a New Partnership, will host a session on building strong and enduring partnerships between Canada's Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

  • A networking reception hosted by The Gordon Foundation's President and CEO Sherry Campbell, featuring remarks by The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Member of Parliament for Toronto-St. Paul's.

  • Meeting Members of Parliament on Parliament Hill for an initmate discussion about the pressing policy issues facing northern Canada. 


"The road towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples will be a long and shared journey, and that is but one reason why it is important to support and listen to emerging leaders now," said Rt. Hon. Joe Clark. "As a board member for Canadians For a New Partnership, I am delighted to engage with the Jane Glassco Northern Fellows – to listen and talk about relationship building, to discuss important issues and with them contribute to the building of that necessary road to understanding and partnership."

The Jane Glassco Northern Fellows and their areas of research focus are:

Angela Nuliayok Rudolph, Gjoa Haven, NU (education)
Catherine Blondin, Yellowknife, NT (employee retention)
Clara Wingnek, Cambridge Bay, NU (community-level governance)
Dawn Tremblay, Yellowknife, NT (waste management)
Jessica Black, Iqaluit, NU (criminal justice)
Jordan Peterson, Inuvik, NWT (economic development)
Meagan Grabowski, Whitehorse, YK (science policy)
Melaina Sheldon, Teslin, YK (equality in justice)
Samantha Dawson, Whitehorse, YK (community justice) 
Thomsen D'Hont, Yellowknife, NT  (health)


Media is invited to meet the Jane Glassco Northern Fellows during their time in Ottawa. To arrange attendance at one of the sessions, please contact: 

Megan Lorius, Director of Communications, The Gordon Foundation | 416.904.4483

About The Gordon Foundation 

The Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation is a private, philanthropic foundation based in Toronto, Canada. The Foundation undertakes research, leadership development, and public dialogue so that public policies in Canada reflect a commitment to collaborative stewardship of our freshwater resources and to a people-driven, equitable, and evolving Arctic.  The Gordon Foundation has invested over $17 million in a wide variety of northern community initiatives over the past quarter century.

About the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship

Introduced in 2010 by The Gordon Foundation, the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship is a policy and leadership development program that recognizes leadership potential among young northern Canadians who want to address the emerging policy challenges facing the North. It is intended for young northerners between 25 and 35 years of age, who want to build a strong North that benefits all northerners.

About Canadians For a New Partnership

Canadians For a New Partnership is a broad-based, inclusive leadership initiative engaging Canadians in dialogue and relationship building aimed at building a new partnership between First Peoples and other Canadians. Its vision is a better, stronger Canada: building a new partnership between First Peoples and all Canadians so that together we can build the strong economy and values-based society that will benefit this and future generations.

CFNP Media contact: Tania Budgell, Communications Officer, | 613.794.1472

SOURCE Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation

Image with caption: "The Jane Glassco Northern Fellows: Angela Nuliayok Rudolph; Catherine Blondin; Clara Wingnek; Dawn Tremblay; Jessica Black; Jordan Peterson; Meagan Grabowski; Melaina Sheldon; Samantha Dawson; Thomsen D’Hont (CNW Group/Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation)". Image available at:

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For further information: Megan Lorius, Director of Communications, The Gordon Foundation | 416.904.4483


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