Policy North

(formerly North West Saskatchewan Policy Unit)

Policy North

Policy North is a regional economic development planning and research group that is inspired and supported by Indigenous communities in Northern Saskatchewan. Since February 2018, we have been actively working with communities to address their regional economic development and governance policy challenges. We believe that communities in Northern Saskatchewan need and deserve the capacity to plan, develop policy, evaluate programs and otherwise serve their residents as effectively as possible.

Located at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Policy North draws upon the expertise of a broad range of its faculty and its Joint Master Degree in Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas (GENI) program, to support its mission.

Policy North is not an academic research project. Policy North brings academic expertise to bare on real life, real time economic, political and social problems that Northern and Indigenous communities are facing, leveraging northern research dollars with grants and partnering agencies to comprehensively develop solutions with our Northern and Indigenous research partners.  We also differ from most northern consulting agencies in that we are driven and partially funded by Northwestern Saskatchewan Métis communities—their needs, their aspirations.

As a not-for-profit organization, Policy North gives back to the communities it serves by investing in student scholarships, community-based development projects, and special events that support Northern Saskatchewan Indigenous residents.

“There is a pressing need for a new beginning of Saskatchewan’s north. This policy unit will provide a variety of research, sage advice, and develop options for leaders to contemplate and strategize towards that new beginning.  A constant and evolving source of good advice is so necessary to achieve this renaissance.”

Buckley Belanger, MLA, Athabasca, Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly

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