Fifteen Northerners have been chosen to join the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship Program.

The Program is built around four regional gatherings (Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Nunavik) and offers skills training, mentorship and networking opportunities. The Program’s namesake, Jane Glassco, was an Indigenous rights activist who worked to improve the communities in the North.

Program Manager Melaina Sheldon says the new generation of Fellows will help in the growth of the North.

Northerners have bold aspirations for our communities. For a decade, Jane Glassco Northern Fellows have been at the forefront of this dynamic energy. This program connects and empowers inspiring leaders as they define a new vision for the North – one that can serve as a collaborative model for all Canadians.

Among the fifteen chosen are mayors, academics, civil servants and business leaders.

Five Fellows from the Northwest Territories were selected. They are:

  • Heather Bourassa
  • Don Couturier
  • Chloe Dragon Smith
  • Peter Greenland
  • Kristen Tanche

The Fellows will serve two years as they “plan to collaborate on exciting northern opportunities and pressing challenges including resource devolution, education, water protection and truth and reconciliation.