Lakehead U Hosts Northern Ontario Premiere of Documentary Film Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo

Lakehead U Hosts Northern Ontario Premiere of Documentary Film Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo [Read more] October 20, 2010

Centre for Northern Studies Sponsors Screening of Two Northern Films at Bay Street Film Festival

The Centre for Northern Studies is sponsoring on 3 October the screening at the Sixth Annual Bay Street Film Festival the screening of "3rd World Canada" and "The Bishop who Ate his Boots". They will be shown at 5 pm in the Finnish Labour Temple (314 Bay Street, above the Hoito). In support of northern filmmaking, the Centre is giving away 10 free tickets to the screening of these films. Please contact Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu, Director of the Centre for Northern Studies at Tickets are available on a first come basis. [Read more] September 24, 2010

New Book on Globalization and the Circumpolar North by Centre Member

The Centre for Northern Studies at Lakehead University is pleased to announce the release of Globalization and the Circumpolar North, a new book edited by centre member and professor of Sociology, Chris Southcott and former Lakehead University Chair of Finnish Studies Lassi Heininen of the University Lapland. [Read more] September 14, 2010

Harvey Lemelin selected as Lakehead University Research Chair

Lakehead University's Centre for Northern Studies (CNS) is pleased to announce that former Co-Director and CNS member Dr. Harvey Lemelin (ORPT) has been selected as one of the newest Lakehead University Research Chairs. Dr. Lemelin holds this prestigious titls within the discipline of Social Sciences and Humanities, respectively supported by SSHRC. [Read more] September 03, 2010

Call for New Members - Centre for Northern Studies

The Centre for Northern Studies (CNS) is pleased to announce a call for new members. The CNS is a senate approved research centre comprised of faculty from various disciplines and programs who are active researchers in the field of northern studies. Established in the late 1980s by the Lakehead University Board of Governors, the CNS has directly contributed through its speaker series, grants, and publications to the university's international reputation as one of the main centres for northern studies in Canada.

Those interested in becoming a member need to submit a SSHRC or NSERC formatted CV and a cover letter outlining their publications and research grant success to Robbie Buffington, CB 4022 or by email at The deadline is 11 June at 4:30pm.

Membership decisions will be based on a successful track record in light of LU's Northern Studies Mission Statement:

i) identifying, acknowledging and advancing an understanding of the characteristics of the communities and environments of the north, and ii) sponsoring, encouraging and generally promoting research on topics of significance to Northwestern Ontario, and other northern regions in Canada and the circumpolar north. The geographic focus for Northern Studies includes Northwestern Ontario, northern Ontario, the provincial Norths, the territorial Norths, the circumpolar North and circumpolar areas of the southern hemisphere.

In addition, applications which demonstrate success in the Centre's six research priorities will also be given preference:
i) community and community well-being; ii) the northern environment; iii) leadership and decision-making; iv) sustainable development; v) health care; and, vi) communications.

More information about the Centre for Northern Studies can be found at

Michel Beaulieu

May 2010 - Conference on "Northern Communities in a Changing World"

Tuesday May 25, 2010
8:30am-4:15pm; conference keynote dinner 6:00pm

Conference: Finnish Labour Temple (314 Bay Street)
Keynote Dinner: Prince Arthur Hotel (17 Cumberland Street North)


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About the Conference

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On May 25, 2010, the Centre for Northern Studies will be sponsoring a Canadian International Council-Thunder Bay Branch conference to discuss the place of Northern communities in this age of globalization. "Northern Communities in a Changing World: Towards a Better Understanding of Global Competition in a Transnational Environment" is open to the public and will be held at the Finnish Labour Temple, 314 Bay Street and Prince Arthur Hotel from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The dinner keynote address will begin at 6:00pm.

Presenters at the conference include: Shauna MacKinnon, Director, Manitoba Office, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives; Jussi Pakkasvirta, Director, Ibero American Centre, Renvall Institute for Area and Regional Studies, University of Helsinki; Diego Piniero, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Universdad de la República (Uruguay); and Dipak Gyawali, Nepal Water Conservation Foundation. Also invited are representatives from several governmental and non-governmental organizations in Northwestern Ontario and academics whose work focuses on the social impact of shifting economies.

The conference is open to the public. For general information and for conference fees and registration, please contact Dr. Michel Beaulieu, Vice President-Thunder Bay Branch and Co-Director, Centre for Northern Studies, Lakehead University,

About the Conference Keynote Dinner

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Keynote Speaker Dipak Gyawali is a member of the Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, the New York Academy of Sciences, and he is the Vice-President of the Institute of Social and Environmental Transition. By profession he is both a hydroelectric engineer (Moscovsky Energetichesky Institute) and a political economist studying resource use (Univ. of California at Berkeley) with a research interest in society-technoloogy interface. He served as His Majesty's Minister of Water Resources, (responsible for power, irrigation and flood control), initiating reforms in the electricity and irrigation sectors focused on decentralization and promotion of rural say in governance. Mr. Gyawali is also member of the International Advisory Board of the US- based Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which produced the study on Human Choice and Climate Change and member of the International Research Committee of the Regional Centre for Strategic Studies in Colombo. Mr. Gyawali has served on several government commissions related to Himalayan water and energy resources development in Nepal.

He has published extensively both academically and in the popular press on water resource, environment and development issues. He helped found The Nepal Water Conservation Foundation. Until 1996, he served as Chairman of Grameen Swabalamban Bikas Kendra, a grassroots NGO working for rural poverty alleviation with 800 income generating groups in 14 districts of Nepal. He has served as Chairman of Duryog Nivaran, a South Asian initiative promoting alternative perspectives on disaster mitigation, particularly floods, droughts and conflict-related stress.

Michel Beaulieu

March 2010 - CNS Press Launches New Book

Lakehead University's Centre for Northern Studies (CNS) is pleased to announce the release of its latest book, Transitions in Marginal Zones in the Age of Globalization: Case Studies from the North and South. The work is edited by Dr. Thomas Dunk. [Read more] March 22, 2010