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Agenda announced for conference on population growth conference

Guest speakers, panel discussions among activities at Northern Policy Institute event

Northern Policy Institute (NPI) has released the agenda for this year's conference focused on growing the population of Northern Ontario.

The second annual event takes place June 22-23 in a virtual format.

Dubbed 'Magnetic North,’ this year's activities centre on the topics of anti-racism and discrimination, the attraction and retention of domestic and international migrants, and the full integration of the existing population.

Anyone in the North interested in these topics is welcome to join the discussion, and it's free to register to participate.

Featured speakers at this year's event include Stacey Parks, coordinator of the Northwestern Ontario Local Immigration Partnership, and Mercedes Labelle, a policy analyst at NPI. 

There will also be two panel discussions – one on the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot and one on anti-racism – as well as a number of breakout sessions on a variety of topics.

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New this year, northerners are being encouraged to take part in a video contest.

Participants can submit videos that carry messages of community attraction or anti-racism, and submissions will be judged by international and First Nation students from Northern Ontario's postsecondary institutions.

The deadline to submit a video is June 11 at 5 p.m.

Access the full agenda for the Magnetic North Conference here.