Past Events: 2016


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December 15, 2016

Setting Up a Self Government: The technical work that made the Deline Got’ine government a reality

Stephanie Irlbacher-Fox, Implementation Director for the Deline Got’ine Government, Canada’s first combined Indigenous/public community based self government. During this event she explained the process how she led the implementation team responsible for its’ establishment. She works with several Indigenous governments on Treaty negotiations and as a governance advisor and negotiator, and is Scientific Director overseeing the establishment of a CIHR-funded NWT health research support unit.


November 29, 2016

The Policy Response to Homelessness in the North

A panel discussion in Yellowknife with:

  • Tom Williams, President and CEO of the NWT Housing Corporation
    • Lyda Fuller, Executive Director of the YWCA
    • Linda Bussey, Yellowknife City Councillor

The panel focused on how governments and local organizations work together to create and implement policy to address homelessness.


October 27, 2016

The Link Between Public Policy and Public Health

A discussion moderated by Dr. Sarah Cook with:

  • Dr. André Corriveau, NWT Chief Public Health Officer;
  • Sara Brown, CEO, NWT Association of Communities;
  • Dr. David Pontin, Emergency Room Physician; and
  • Dr. Courtney Howard, Emergency Room Physician

At this IPAC event we examined the link between public policy and public health, and consider the challenges of policy-making in a northern context.

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October 19, 2016

IPAC NWT Social – the 3rd United States presidential debate

IPAC-NWT gathered to watch the third United States Presidential Debate. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton squared off in the third and final debate before the November Presidential Election.


September 22, 2016

An introduction to the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman for Canada

IPAC NWT Regional Group, in collaboration with the Certified General Accountants Association of the Northwest Territories/Nunavut, organized a luncheon featuring Sherra Profit, the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman for Canada.

Ms. Profit discussed the function of Office of the Taxpayers’ Ombudsman, including her mandate and reporting relationship to the Canadian Revenue Agency. She addressed the Ombudsman’s relevance to government administrators and the general public.

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May 26, 2016

Governing from the Regions: A Discussion on the Role and Function of Government Administrators in Regional Centres

  • Mohan Denetto, Regional Director General, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • John B. Zoe, Senior Advisor, Tłı̨chǫ Government
  • Michael Conway, Regional Superintendent, Department of Transportation, Government of the Northwest Territories

How do governments administer programs and services from various regional centres? What differences are there between these regional centres? For instance, how is the experience from the vantage point of Yellowknife to Ottawa or from Behchokǫ̀ to Yellowknife?

Is it as simple as stating that policy is the purview of the capitals and implementation that of the regions? What are the dynamics of government administration when it’s undertaken by the people and so very close to the people?
Though regional governance is a common reality throughout the country, are there some northern differences that stand out?

The slate of panelists shared their considerable experience on various aspects of regional governance. Further, they also shared their advice on what ways government administrators can broaden their experience and develop a regional perspective.

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April 20, 2016

Partnerships for Community Wellness

• Debbie DeLancey, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services, Government of the Northwest Territories

  • Tom Williams, Deputy Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Government of the Northwest Territories
    • Sara Brown, Executive Director, NWT Association of Communities

Panel members provided insight and perspectives on how different levels of government can work with industry to better support community wellness. In the NWT and elsewhere, significant challenges can exist to support wellness. Recognizing that a multi-faceted approach and collaboration amongst different levels of government, industry and others is needed to make progress on this complex issue is key.

Success stories on partnerships were discussed including how partnership and collaboration is supported as well as some commentary on how approaches can be improved in future.

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February 23, 2016

Northern Development in the 21st Century: Personal Reflections on Navigating the Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

Stephen Van Dine, Assistant Deputy Minister, Northern Affairs Organization, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

The North is unique, both in Canada and around the world, in the degree of power-sharing and participatory decision-making, particularly in collaboration with local and indigenous communities. Stephen Van Dine became Assistant Deputy Minister in January, 2015 after a series of positions (most related to the North) which expanded his skills and perspectives on how to deliver change and results in the public sector context. He shared his views on what the future holds for the sustainable development of the North and how we all contribute to creating real change.


January 21, 2016

Gender and Public Sector Leadership in the NWT

A panel discussion moderated by Nina Larsson, author of “Mind the Gender Gap” (2015), a policy paper published through the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship

“Mind the Gender Gap” is a policy analysis which identifies ways in which the GNWT can ensure that Indigenous women have access to and occupy decision making roles. Drawing on the Scandinavian model, this report shines light on gender equality in the Northwest Territories (NWT) public sector. To address the lack of diversity and inclusion in senior management positions, the report examines gender equality policy; the representation of Indigenous women in senior management positions; and breaking the barriers to work/life balance.

The Gender and Public Sector Leadership in the NWT  event examined and expanded upon the issues put forward in “Mind the Gender Gap” by presenting current GNWT initiatives, visions for the future, and the lessons and best practices that can be drawn from the lived experiences of Indigenous women in the public service.

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