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Northern and Aboriginal Policy

Northern and Aboriginal Policy is a knowledge area within the Public Policy division of the Conference Board of Canada.

The success of Canada’s Northern and Aboriginal communities is widely recognized as critical to Canada’s economic growth and social cohesion. The issues are complex and sometimes conflicted. The Conference Board of Canada aims to fill the knowledge gaps in policy development and analysis within key issues such as: community resilience; labour market needs; capacity building; land use planning; infrastructure and natural resource development; and health and wellness.

The Conference Board’s Northern and Aboriginal-related networks and research services are ideally suited to help you understand these issues and address them within the context of your organization.

Executive Networks allow you to engage with peers and stakeholders and to participate in facilitated closed-door discussions. It is here that you will network and exchange ideas with the country’s senior corporate, Aboriginal, and public sector leaders in this area. You will also benefit from the Conference Board’s unparalleled access to a broad range of expert speakers.

The Conference Board of Canada offers a wide range of research services with access to in-depth studies and independent reports on hot-topics. It also offers custom research/services from small, short-term research projects to large-scale research investigations.

Upcoming Summit

Our Land, Our Future: National Summit on Indigenous Youth and Natural Resource Development

Date: November 21–22, 2017
Location: Calgary, AB (Grey Eagle Resort and Casino)

About the Summit
Relationships between industry, government, and Indigenous peoples lie at the heart of Canada’s natural resource sector. Each holds a powerful position with unique rights and responsibilities. Yet, all parties rely on the others to fully achieve their long-term aspirations and objectives. Canada’s future prosperity depends on these groups building respectful, collaborative, and mutually-beneficial relationships so that each can become a stronger, more supportive partner for the others. A collaborative, mutually-beneficial approach is also critical to ensuring sustainable, environmentally responsible development.

Northern and Aboriginal Policy Blog

Finding the “Win-Win” in Major Project Agreements

March 08, 2017

Fostering Reconciliation: Investing in Indigenous-Centred Early Childhood Education

September 07, 2016

No More “Jurisdictional Wasteland” for Métis and Non-Status Indians

May 18, 2016

Three photos showing a summer mountain scene, a mother and toddler, and a polar bear

Latest Research

Thumbnail image of briefing cover Options And Opportunities: Resource Revenue Sharing Between The Crown And Indigenous Groups In Canada

Contact Us

For inquiries about NAP executive networks, please contact:

Stefan Fournier
Associate Director, Northern and Aboriginal Policy

For inquiries about NAP custom research, please contact:

Adam Fiser
Principal Research Associate