Northern Well-being

Northern leadership to create cutting edge solutions that enhance community and environmental well-being.

Making up 40% of Canada’s geographic footprint, the North is home to globally significant watersheds and over half of the country’s ocean shoreline. Dotted throughout this vast landscape are more than 90 distinct communities, from Old Crow to Nain.

The North is a place like no other, facing equally unique challenges. Its environment is being pushed to the limit from the impacts of climate change, while its communities are experiencing equally rapid social change. While strong and independent, Northerners are often isolated in tackling severe social, cultural, and economic challenges.

Our work here starts with an understanding that Northerners know best how to create durable solutions to Northern challenges. That’s why we focus on creating partnerships with the people who call Canada’s three territories and four Inuit regions home. By supporting Northern leaders and initiatives, we are helping to build a stronger and more resilient Canadian North.


  • Encourage northern leadership and capacity, particularly among young indigenous people, to creatively respond to rapid social and environmental change.
  • Foster sustainable livelihoods in northern communities.
  • Promote knowledge and wise stewardship of wildlife, land, water, and other natural resources.
  • Foster strong, healthy northern youth and families.

Impact Stories


Arctic Funders Group in Greenland

Arctic Funders Collaborative

Promoting more informed and effective grantmaking to support healthy Arctic communities and ecosystems.

Dene Nahjo

Inspiring a new generation of leaders in the North.

Digital NWT

Strengthening the foundation of community-based digital literacy in the Northwest Territories.


Supporting community-based entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses and livelihoods across Northern Canada.

Northern Manitoba Food, Culture, and Community Collaborative

Helping Northern Manitoban communities design local solution-oriented projects to address food insecurity and related issues.

Northern Youth Leadership

Cultivating youth leaders in the Northwest Territories to be positive change agents.

NWT On the Land Collaborative

Providing more effective and centralized access to funding and resources for on the land programs in the Northwest Territories.

Our Voices

Working with Indigenous youth to inspire, engage, and uphold a thriving culture.

From the Blog

Creating spaces for the North: Reflections from Inuvik

Killulark Arngna’naaq is Tides Canada’s Northern Program Specialist, based out of our Yellowknife office. She recently traveled to Inuvik to take part in a strategic …

Different, but the same: Northern Associate Lori shares insights from trip to Nain, Labrador

In July 2019, Northern Senior Associate Lori Tagoona and Program Lead, Northern Canada Steve Ellis travelled to Nain, Labrador to meet with participants of the …

In it for the long haul: Tides Canada’s commitment to enabling community-led transformation in the North

This letter, written by Tides Canada Northern Canada Program Lead Steve Ellis, was originally published in NNSL media as a letter to the editor. The …

Baffin Island

Interview with Ben Scott, Project Director of EntrepreNorth

We sat down with EntrepreNorth’s Project Director, Ben Scott, to talk about the launch of the project and the first cohort of northern entrepreneurs.

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