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In line with our vision and mission, we conduct research that provides new insights and strengthens the foundation for informed decision making. Projects are grounded in critical needs and interests, identified by our roundtable members and Northern stakeholders. Projects examine the issues at hand, identify gaps and lessons learned, and provide policy recommendations. Our publications are listed below—please feel free to read and share them.


220330-Rural_Immigration-IP-450x300Cool Ideas: Hyperlocal Food Systems to Address Northern Food Insecurity

Published March 2022 

Northern communities struggle to maintain ready access to safe, dependable, nutritious, affordable food. This problem is especially pronounced in remote Indigenous communities, where access to traditional country foods is increasingly threatened by a range of factors. 

220310-fly_in-450x300Fly-In, Fly-Out Labour in Canada’s North: Benefits, Challenges, and Social Impacts

Published March 2022 

The economic boom in Canada’s North is tied to the development of world-class mines and large oil and gas reserves, among other sectors. Efforts to support this economic growth have stretched the skilled workforce in the North to its capacity. To fill the gap, there has been a reliance on out-of-territory fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers. FIFO labour is a longstanding practice in the North.

220204_Seeking-Equity_450x300 Indigenous Ownership:
 A New Economic Era

Published February 2022 

Major project agreements are evolving in Canada. Indigenous groups are increasingly seeking equity agreements over other types of arrangements. 


 210909_450x300_skills-dev-north_fscThe Boarders of Labour: A Profile of the Interjurisdictional Workforce in the  Northwest Territories, Yukon, and Nunavut 

Published September 2021

How big an issue is interjurisdictional labour in Canada's three territories? This primer is the first in a series of research products examining this issue. 

210629_450x300_indigenous-participation-clean-energy Indigenous Participation in Clean Energy Projects

Published July 2021

Renewable energy capacity and energy efficiency continue to improve in Canada. What happens when Indigenous groups get involved?

210625_900X600_global_recoveryGlobal recovery likely to drive demand for commodities produced in Canadian territories

Published June 2021

There are reasons to be optimistic as the territories emerge into a post-COVID-19 world. As the global economy bounces back over the coming years, so too will demand for commodities produced in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon.

210414_450x300_business-northBusiness in the North: Do Indigenous Entrepreneurs Have the Support They Need to Succeed?

Published April 2021

The inventory in this impact paper categorizes the organizations, programs, and services available to Indigenous entrepreneurs in Northern and remote Canadian communities, and assesses whether these are meeting entrepreneurs’ needs.

report cover thumbnailThe Atlin Hydro Project: Making a Meaningful Contribution to Community Health and Well-Being

Published January 2021

This impact paper on the Taku River Tlingit First Nation’s development, operation, and ownership of the Atlin hydro project offers a number of lessons on supporting and pursuing Indigenous participation in clean energy projects.

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Jo-Leen Folz
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Adam Fiser
Associate Director

Jane Cooper
Senior Research Associate

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