About us

We are the Northern Council for Global Cooperation..

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.

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Our people

We're a small, dedicated team of globally-minded Northerners.

NCGC will build on past programs to inspire Northern Peoples to seek more opportunities to engage with global solidarity movements.

Our Team

Tracey Wallace

Executive Director

Tracey Wallace is a quiet activist for human rights, equity and social justice. Connecting people, experience and knowledge is her passion. Tracey’s 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).

Athulya Joseph

Programs Director

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. Athulya 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 adding, unlearning and critically reflecting on those teachings.

Sierra Scott

Intern (Interactive Storytelling)

Sierra is a web solutions professional. She has a background in nonprofit growth specifically in the area of supporting youth and women. Sierra hopes to inspire change and connection through the power of technology and is excited to do so alongside NCGC.

Our Board

Emily Mann

Vice Chair

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

Chair

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.

Jane Downing

Secretary

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.

Meera Sarin

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.

Élise Brown-Dussault

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.

Our Advisors

Emily Mann

Vice Chair

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

Chair

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.

Jane Downing

Secretary

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.

Meera Sarin

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.

Élise Brown-Dussault

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.

Our partners

We exist within a web of relationships.

NCGC is an active member of the Inter-Council Network of Provincial/Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN) and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), and receives financial support from Global Affairs Canada.

Inter-Council Network
The Inter-Council Network (ICN) is a dynamic network of provincial and regional member-based Councils for International Cooperation committed to social justice and social change. Rooted in communities across Canada, we are leaders in public engagement at a local and regional level, and are recognized for bringing regional knowledge and priorities to the national level.

Cooperation Canada
Cooperation Canada brings together and advocated for Canada’s international development and humanitarian organizations by convening sector leaders, influencing policy and building capacity.

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Our history

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, capacity-building opportunities for youth and educators, public speaking events on global issues, programs 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. This means recasting how we think of international development, assistance and aid and decolonize our work.

Our policies

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