NCGC was born out of the desire to build a network of northern Canadians who want to make a local and global impact toward a just, equitable and sustainable world.
The Northern Council for Global Cooperation, formerly the Yukon Development Education Center, was established in 1988 as a Yukon society. NCGC has grown substantially since first receiving funding from Global Affairs Canada in 2013. We have invested significant time and effort establishing trusted and valued partnerships with Northern Peoples and organizations by supporting, listening, and learning.
We have grappled with best practices and strategies to meaningfully engage Northern Peoples on global issues. Past programs and activities have included social media campaigns, programs for youth and educators, public speaking events on global issues, gatherings designed to create connections between local and global peoples, and more.
While these programs and activities have been successful, NCGC believes we need to reframe how we engage Northern Peoples to deepen understanding, and create volition to take action on global issues. Explore our new programs!
Connecting people, experience and knowledge is Tracey's passion. She is constantly listening, learning and reflecting on the world around her. Her career path has included working with Canadian and international educational and community development organizations, in Southern Africa and northern Canada. Prior to joining NCGC in 2014, Tracey worked with the Yukon Human Rights Commission and Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition. She holds a Master of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE).
Throughout her career as a collaborator, strategist, event producer and activator Kelly Proudfoot has led national and international campaigns. The 2012 Arctic Winter Games first brought Kelly to the Yukon. Her position as Manager of Sponsorship and Marketing seeded a deep connection to the territory, and she now calls the Yukon home. Kelly joined the Yukon University Foundation team as Manager of Development in 2016. Through this role she strived to create mutually-beneficial partnerships with corporations and community groups that are both innovative and inclusive. Kelly, through both personal and professional means has found herself seeking a deeper understanding of the history for Indigenous people and has a strong penchant for learning and being a part of the live, vibrant Indigenous cultures, ways of knowing, doing and being in present day. Through this journey, her passion to move things forward, and her skills in breathing life into ideas and projects she has found herself intertwined with many local and global collaborators.
Informed largely by principles of relationships and respect, Athulya has developed a deep commitment to linking inner transformation with social change. Athulya finds purpose in searching for alternative pathways to address the barriers faced by those who have been systematically exploited by global systems. She is grateful to hold a Bachelor of Social Sciences Honours in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa as well as to continue unlearning and critically reflecting on those teachings.
Jodi’s Yukon upbringing and later life experiences instilled a profound respect for and curiosity about the natural world, and the familial relationship of many Indigenous peoples with ancestral lands and waters. Jodi is of Swedish and Scottish descent on her Father's side and of mixed Irish, Scottish, English and Inuit ancestry from the Upper Lake Melville region of Labrador on her Mother’s side (her grandma Monnie Broomfield became a beneficiary of Nunatsiavut late in life and was raised disconnected). She is grateful that her work provides the opportunity to work towards her reconciliation responsibilities as a settler, and to honour her Indigenous ancestors too. Aotearoa/ New Zealand has been Jodi's second home since 2007. She has worked on projects with intergovernmental organisations such as the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs and the International Whaling Commission, as well as public advisory bodies like the Yukon Salmon Sub-Committee. She gratefully lives between Tūhoe, Ngāti Awa, and Whakatōhea lands in Aotearoa, and Southern Tutchone lands in the Yukon where she was born and raised. Jodi continues her work with Indigenous and Crown governments to evolve governance and economic models. She has been humbled to support the Yukon First Nations Climate Action Fellowship in development of their Reconnection Vision since 2020, and is incredibly grateful to continue to support this systems change effort in her role as the Illuminating Worldviews Program Director with NCGC and River. As a settler, her role in her work revolves around supporting community-led efforts to fulfil ancestral stewardship responsibilities. Jodi has a Masters in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge where she studied as a Gates Cambridge scholar.
With a long standing interest in social justice and global issues, Emily is thrilled to be involved in the work of NCGC to support youth involvement in international programs and increase awareness of global issues in Canada's north. Emily has a keen interest in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and has researched implementation of the goals at the municipal level and within organizations on behalf of UBC Sustainability and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. Currently, Emily works as an environmental consultant in Whitehorse. Emily has a BA in International Relations and a Masters of Public Policy and Global Affairs and has completed coursework and research studies in Romania, Bulgaria, and throughout Southeast Asia.
William Gagnon is a green buildings specialist and decarbonization expert, with a building engineering degree (Concordia University), grad-level studies in sustainable carbon management (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi) and a Climate Fellowship from Cornell University (Ithaca, New York). His most recent work includes the creation of a strategy for the Northern Building Retrofit Economy.
William is a trained UNLEASH Innovation Lab facilitator. He lives, works and plays on Chief Drygeese Territory of the Yellowknives Dene; he is an advocate for LGBTQ2+, and is a “northern vegetarian”. William is a carbon-neutral individual. In 2018, he was nominated as one of the #30under30 Sustainability Leaders by Corporate Knights magazine.
Meera Sarin has been a social justice educator for over a decade at FH Collins Secondary School. Social Justice education is a priority for her as she facilitates a vibrant and engaged group of youth that volunteer in the community and elevate the social justice consciousness at the school. The youth that Meera works with understand the value of acting locally to make a difference globally as we all work towards achieving the SDGs. Meera also teaches a Social Justice 12 course at FH Collins that encourages her students to understand that they can make a difference in their community and their world. Her involvement with NCGC is critical to her work as a social justice educator. Meera has enjoyed raising her family in Whitehorse and belonging to a community that honours diversity and change.
Once I won a peanut butter eating contest by consuming 8 kilos of the stuff in about 3 months. The person who won second place (at 7 kilos) says he can't eat peanut butter anymore due to oversaturation. I can still eat it, so that's how I know I am the true winner. When I'm not eating peanut butter, spot me nerding out over bones I find in the forest. Or screeching away as a first-year violinist. Or making money trying to support my peanut butter, bones, and violin habits.
Originally from Montreal, Jane holds a BSc (Life Sciences) from Queen’s University at Kingston, and a Master of Education degree from the University of Athabasca in 2017. Jane has completed coursework in Gender and International Issues in Distance Education as well as Inclusive Leadership. In her work with NCGC, Jane has rekindled a lifelong passion for gender equality and inclusion and is interested in how education can further the pursuit of a just and equitable global society and move us closer to achieving these goals.