Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration has been selected to host the Government of Canada’s inaugural Visiting Senior Public Policy Fellow. Pamela McCurry, assistant deputy minister (Aboriginal Affairs Portfolio) at Justice Canada will join Carleton for a one-year term beginning May 15, 2017.
This new initiative was launched in 2016 as an opportunity for schools of public service and public service institutions to work with a senior leader of the federal public service on issues of mutual interest and relevance, as a means of encouraging innovative Canadian public policy and leadership.
Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration is committed to linking the classroom to real-world imperatives, stakeholders and processes that define public policy-making. The federal fellowship program will provide a new avenue for the school to prepare the next generation of Canadian public-sector leaders – with particular emphasis on promoting reconciliation with Indigenous communities as an integral element of public service.
McCurry’s considerable expertise is an excellent fit at Carleton, which is steadily expanding Indigenous research, teaching and learning. A seasoned executive, McCurry will help situate experiential learning within the school’s graduate programs – whether in framing the exercise that introduces students to complex public policy issues upon admission into the Master of Public Policy and Administration degree, or in designing the multi-day policy simulation that caps the program.
Having worked extensively in the area of Indigenous policy and administration, McCurry will also help shape the school’s teaching and research activities in ways that respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. This is especially important with regard to those calling on governments in Canada to educate public servants about the history and experience of Indigenous peoples and to invest in university research that will advance understanding and realization of reconciliation.
Carleton pursues these goals through its Graduate Diploma and Master’s Concentration in Indigenous Policy and Administration; by participating in Carleton’s Indigenous Research Ethics Institute; by fostering a range of university-community partnerships; as well as through the ongoing academic and applied research of faculty and students.
This research includes the multi-year Youth Futures Project that brings together Indigenous and western approaches to promote Indigenous youth resilience and empower youth prosperity in First Nations communities. McCurry will work on the project alongside Indigenous and non-Indigenous community-based and academic researchers, including Carleton faculty members Kim Matheson, Katherine Graham, Frances Abele and Robert Shepherd.
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