MNO President Gary Lipinski (left) and Dr. Brian Stevenson (right), President
of Lakehead University and an advisor to the Northern Policy Institute, sign a
Memorandum of Understanding last year.

Today, the Province of Ontario launched the Northern Policy Institute (NPI) to boost the northern economy and help provide a stronger voice to Northern Ontario. The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) supports the establishment of the NPI and wants to ensure that the Métis voice is strongly represented within the NPI.

The institute, an independent, not-for-profit organization, will affect policy development for northerners, by northerners and play a role in the implementation of the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario. It will work with northern municipalities, post-secondary institutions, research groups, Aboriginal organizations, francophone groups and industry to set priorities and directions for northern development.

The Northern Policy Institute is proceeding as a collaborative effort under the direction of two advisors; Dr. Brian Stevenson, President of Lakehead University, and Dominic Giroux, President of Laurentian University. They will provide guidance to the institute, which will be based out of their respective universities in Thunder Bay and Sudbury.

Click here to learn more about the NPI.