Northern Development Institutes

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New! Institute ad featured in Embassy Newspaper's special issue on the North (May 13, 2009)

What are Northern Development Institutes?  / Que sont les Instituts de formation sur les enjeux du Nord (IFEN) ?

The purpose of the ACSUS Northern Canada Faculty Development Institutes with Study Tours is to provide to ACSUS members who are faculty at US universities, teaching about Canada , the interdisciplinary foundation to be able to teach about the Canadian North with the benefit of some experience. Due to climate change, the Arctic and Northern Canada has been thrust into high profile and faculty who teach about Canada increasingly find that they must address pressing public policy issues facing the north in their course content, but few have any knowledge or understanding of the far north, and virtually none have actually experienced the far North. The ACSUS Northern Canada Faculty Development Institutes with Study Tours are designed to provide intensive introductions to regions of the Canadian North during five days of preliminary briefings based at appropriate universities in the south ofCanada . Participants will then have the opportunity to travel to the northern region for a week-long immersion experience, to witness how the public policy issues introduced during the institute are playing out in northern communities. Participants will have the opportunity not only to observe the reality of the northern region but will visit communities and meet with indigenous elders, government agencies, youth, and other groups to gain understanding of what life is like in the north and the contemporary challenges being faced by northern peoples.

Northern Quebec (James Bay and Nunavik), August 3 – 15, 2009


The Association for Canadian Studies in the US (ACSUS) is pleased to announce (*subject to full-funding) that its prototype Northern Canada Faculty Development Institute with Study Tour will take place from August 3 – 15, 2009. ACSUS’ first Northern Faculty Development Institute and Study Tour will focus on Northern Quebec ( James Bayand Nunavik). ACSUS has partnered with the Raoul-Dandurand Chair in Strategic and Diplomatic Studies at the University of Quebec at Montreal to develop and offer this institute and study tour. ACSUS plans to develop and offer a series of three such Northern Canadian Faculty Development Institutes with Study Tours  , to Northern Quebec, Nunavut, and theNorthWest Territories , and hopes that there will be subsequent regular offerings of the series. Each ACSUS institute and study tour will be offered in partnership with a Canadian university. 

Support for this program has been generously provided by theGovernment of Quebec, Hydro-Quebec, Makivik Corporation, theGovernment of Canada, and Xstrata Corporation

New!    Application guidelines for prototype Northern Quebec (James Bay and Nunavik), August 3 – 15, 2009.

New! Press release:      Quebec Government and Hydro Quebec Contribute to Northern Quebec Faculty Development Institute and Study Tour. English / en francais


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