How the Look North Initiative began
In November 2016, the Manitoba Government announced the co-chairs of a new task force to lead the development and implementation of a northern economic development strategy. The named co-chairs of the strategy were: Onekanew (Chief) Christian Sinclair of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation and Chuck Davidson, president and CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce. From December 2016 to June 2017, the Look North Task force held several meetings, events and conversations with northerners leading to the creation of the Look North Report and Action Plan and formation of the Look North Steering Committee.
The Look North Report and Action Plan identifies six priority areas, coined “the six things that matter most to northerners”. These six things rise above the rest and have the potential to create the biggest quantum shifts, or act as catalysts for wider change.
Northern mineral and other resource potential
Indigenous engagement and partnerships
Strategic infrastructure investment
Housing challenges and opportunities
Enterprise eco-system of support
Education, training and workforce development
These six priority areas are the foundation of the Look North strategy and provide the framework to achieve economic prosperity in northern Manitoba.