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

From the Blog

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 projec…

Baffin to BC: shared learning between two coasts

We recently invited our partners from Inuit Nunangat to meet our partners in Klemtu and Bella Bella,…

Reflections from the NWT On the Land Collaborative Fund pilot

The NWT On the Land Collaborative Fund brings together the resources and expertise of a diverse grou…

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