Scholarships awarded to students in International Centre for Northern Governance and Development graduate program

Master of Northern Governance and Development 2013-14 students were awarded scholarships on behalf of Cameco. Standing, from left: Connie Cheecham (La Loche), Shavonne Custer (Pelican Narrows), Frances Goulet (Creighton), Jennifer Roberts (La Ronge), Mikhail Vinokurov (Russia), Alana Gardiner (Meadow Lake), Walter Smith (Pinehouse), Helen Ben (Loon Lake), Simon Bird (Southend), Blake Charles (La Ronge). Kneeling, from left: Brandon White (La Ronge), Tuiara Sivtceva (Russia), Clifford McKenzie (La Ronge), Donald Bear (Pelican Narrows).

Students in the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development’s Master of Northern Governance and Development (MNGD) program were awarded $84,000 in graduate scholarships by Cameco Corporation this afternoon. The presentation took place at Cameco Headquarters and was attended by Northern Saskatchewan stakeholders.

Each of the 14 scholarships is worth $6,000, and the funds will be used by the students to cover tuition and other program costs. The announcement coincided with the launch of the MNGD internship program, By the North with the North: Community Building in Northern Saskatchewan

The By the North with the North: Community Building in Northern Saskatchewan research internships are an opportunity for students to apply their MNGD training to build capacity in a Northern Saskatchewan community by focusing on one of the program’s five core areas: governance; health and social development; innovation and entrepreneurship; capacity building; or resource development and environmental management. The research takes place over a six month period (March-August) and results in a literature review, program evaluation, needs assessment, or feasibility study. By the North with the North: Community Building in Northern Saskatchewan is one of the largest known student-led research projects focused on northern issues.

“We take our direction from northern leaders when it comes to investing,” said Sean Willy, director of corporate responsibility at Cameco. “We all agree building capacity, vision and leadership skills are vital in creating healthy and prosperous northern communities.”

“These scholarships will make all the difference in terms of ensuring our students’ success,” said ICNGD Director, Ken Coates “Without these sorts of significant funding supports, our students wouldn’t be able to undertake all the components of the MNGD program – including the research internships – that make it such a relevant and valuable learning experience for Northerners.”

Brandon White, an MNGD student from La Ronge and Past President of the Northern Administration Students Association at the University of Saskatchewan, is going to use his internship to undertake a feasibility study for a greenhouse at Cameco’s Rabbit Lake Mine. “Collaborative internships between MNGD students and third parties – industry, communities, health regions, and others – mean that research in Saskatchewan will remain true to the needs of its people. As students, these studies will help us forge professional relationships and, as researchers, they will supply us with questions that are in need of northern answers.”

The International Centre for Northern Governance and Development is also supported by the Government of Saskatchewan with significant investments that have made it possible for the ICNGD to build Northern Saskatchewan capacity through such measures as the MNGD program.

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For more information:

Colleen Cameron

International Centre for Northern Governance & Development (ICNGD)
University of Saskatchewan

306-966-1609

colleen.cameron@usask.ca