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Centre for the North

The Centre for the North (CFN) is the Research Centre within the Northern and Aboriginal Policy knowledge area.

To fill a perceived gap in independent applied research on issues affecting Canada’s North, The Conference Board of Canada launched the Centre for the North in 2009. This led to research and discussion papers on critical issues of importance to Northerners, including education, housing, health, governance, and community resilience. 

The Centre for the North has grown into an impactful research initiative and a trusted convener, providing a safe space for constructive dialogue on Northern and Aboriginal issues. The Centre maintains a grounded and action oriented approach to research and outreach— one that embraces the North’s diversity, provides tools for better decision-making, and highlights innovative and successful initiatives. Based on the aspirations of Northerners, the Centre strives to develop practical approaches to problems.

Looking Forward

In May 2015, Centre for the North members and other stakeholders discussed key themes and issues that flowed from the Centre’s five-year compendium report Building a Resilient and Prosperous North. The report articulated three key priority areas to be addressed in the years ahead:

  • Aboriginal Youth
  • Infrastructure
  • Governance

The Centre’s work will evolve around these areas as well as emerging issues that members and stakeholders would like to see explored in greater depth.

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CFN Brochure

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CFN 5-Year Review

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Contact Us

Maggie Patterson
National Priority Advisor

Stefan Fournier
Senior Manager, Executive Networks, Northern and Aboriginal Policy

Adam Fiser
Senior Research Associate