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La Ronge Partners with Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of public

August 23rd 2013


August 23, 2013


 Northern Town of La Ronge Partners with Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy




La Ronge – On August 14, 2013, Town Council approved a proposal from the University of Saskatchewan, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding for a project that will bring close to a dozen students to La Ronge during work on a class research project.  This project will be carried out within Professor Ken Coates’s course, JSGS 863: Aboriginal Peoples and Public Policy.


The Town of La Ronge serves as a service and administrative hub for Northern Saskatchewan. In line with other towns in the Northern Administration District, La Ronge is above the provincial average with respect to the Aboriginal population living within the municipality. Many residents are members of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band. The close proximity of two other communities has led to the creation of regional services. Accordingly, the delivery of public services in La Ronge takes place within a unique arrangement of institutions. The Mayor and Council of La Ronge are interested in developing a more thorough understanding of the institutional and service networks that their town exists within, an understanding which can guide relations with the other orders of government and may also aid in assessing the community’s need for specific services. The investigation will focus on five units of analysis; the four orders of government plus the third sector, with all of these units being geographically bounded by La Ronge’s administrative borders. Within these boundaries, the students of Professor Coates’s class will develop answers to the following general questions:


·         what services are the five units of analysis involved in delivering?

·         how is this delivery justified, resourced, and evaluated?

·         what is the relationship between the delivery of services and the assessment of need for service across the five units of analysis?

·         what is the nature of overlaps and gaps in services across the five units of analysis?

·         why do these overlaps and gaps persist?

This project will develop two specific outputs. A formal research report which answers the questions outlined above and a formal presentation of the project process and its findings developed and delivered by the students of Professor Coates’s class to the community of La Ronge.


Exposing students to Northern policy with a hands-on approach to relevant project work looks to benefit both the students and the Town. Students are able to deepen their knowledge while gaining experience in practical applications of their studies as well as the Town Council and Administration can understand how to more effectively manage the Town’s resources.


For further information, please contact:

Victoria Magee                                                                 
Human Resources & Marketing Manager      
Town of La Ronge                                    
Box 5680, La Ronge, SK. S0J 3G0                               
Phone 306.425.2066                                                       
E-mail                  Or/          

Cody Sharpe
PHD Candidate
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon, SK. S7N 5B8
Phone 306.966.8508

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