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Overview of the Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) program www.usask.ca/icngd I nternational C entre for N orthern G overnance & D evelopment.

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1 Overview of the Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) program I nternational C entre for N orthern G overnance & D evelopment PRESENTED BY:

2 Introductions Presented by: Dr. Bonita Beatty Dr. Bonita Beatty Co-Director of Grad Studies (ICNGD) Mark Korthuis MNGD Graduate (Pilot Cohort) Jim Searson MNGD Student (Pilot Cohort) Nathan Ray MNGD Student (Pilot Cohort)

3 Presentation Outline Presented by: Dr. Bonita Beatty 1.Background 2.MNGD Development 3.Program Experience 4.Professionalized Cohort Model 5.Distance Education 6.Northern Indigenous Perspective 7.Internationalization 8.Research Internships 9.In Summary 10.Questions

4 Background Presented by: Dr. Bonita Beatty 2008: Northern partners identify need for expanded program options, specific to northern & Indigenous issues 2008-’09: Preliminary discussions take place between northern stakeholders and International Centre for Northern Governance and Development First official stakeholder meeting held on January 26, 2009 Included: First Nations, industry, academics, government, international representatives of Arctic and Northern studies Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) program begins to take shape

5 MNGD Development Presented by: Dr. Bonita Beatty Master of Northern Governance and Development must… o be responsive to First Nations and northern needs o collaborate with industry o offer distance delivery o be interdisciplinary in scope o internationalize – e.g. include field school o incorporate applied research o be project-based o include student supports – e.g. scholarships, tutors

6 Program Experience Presented by: Mark Korthuis, MNGD Graduate What makes the MNGD unique? Collaboration with industry Opportunity to conduct field research and apply results Specialized training

7 Professionalized Cohort Model Presented by: Mark Korthuis, MNGD Graduate The Student Advantage Peer-to-peer learning Regional perspectives Peer support The Community Advantage Tightly knit network of highly trained Northerners spread across industry, government, First Nations, academia

8 Distance Education Presented by: Jim Searson, MNGD Student Blended delivery method: videoconference, online, in-person Option to study from anywhere in NAD Tutor support to help students stay on track

9 Northern Indigenous Perspective Presented by: Jim Searson, MNGD Student Pimachesowin Building upon northern knowledge and way of life Examine professional practices AND culture Build perspectives in at program inception Ongoing consultation International comparison Russian in Southend, Reindeer Lake, SK Crab Fishing in Norway Chief Tammy Cook-Searson and 104 year old Elder Jane E. Roberts

10 Presented by: Nathan Ray, MNGD Student Circumpolar Region Internationalization Why is it important? Share wise practices Expanded perspectivesCollaboration

11 Research Internships Presented by: Nathan Ray, MNGD Student Industry investment and co-operation Academic and community advisors help shape and oversee projects Applied research that can be taken back to NAD regions Explore an area of personal or professional interest

12 In Summary Presented by: Dr. Bonita Beatty Key Components of the MNGD Program:  Designed to produce next generation of northern leaders  Maintaining flexibility in program design and delivery  Creating a professional network of highly trained Northerners  Staying responsive: working with First Nations, government, industry and other northern employers  Building in student supports to guarantee success

13 Treaty Foundations

14 Questions? Contact the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development (ICNGD) to learn more about the MNGD program: ICNGD University of Saskatchewan URL: Tel.: (306)


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