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Jodi Bruhn - Stratéjuste. Ottawa, ON, CA

Jodi Bruhn

Director / Directrice | Stratéjuste

Ottawa, ON, CANADA

Jodi Bruhn is a published policy researcher, author and facilitator specializing in governance and indigenous/Crown relations.



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Jodi is a published policy researcher, author and facilitator specializing in governance and indigenous/Crown relations. With experience in the public, academic and not-for-profit sectors, she has advised senior government officials, parliamentarians, and indigenous governments and organizations.

Before joining Stratéjuste in 2012, Jodi served as research manager at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and as lead analyst to the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, Parliament of Canada. From 2007 to 2009, she was senior researcher at the Institute on Governance. Projects there included workshops for First Nation, Métis and federal government clients as well as publications in the Aboriginal governance program area.

Originally from the Prairies, Jodi holds a PhD (University of Notre Dame), MA (University of Calgary) and BA (University of Saskatchewan) in political science. She also studied political philosophy at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. An active member of both Canadian and American political science associations, she is an advisor at the Centre on Public Management and Policy, University of Ottawa.


Jodi est une recherchiste publiée sur les politiques, auteur and facilitatrice spécialisée en gouvernance, politiques autochtones and relations Autochtones/Couronne. Avec son expérience récente dans les secteurs public, académique et organismes sociaux, elle a conseillé des clients, des gouvernements et organismes Autochtone, cadres supérieurs du gouvernement ainsi que des parlementaires.

Avant de se joindre à Stratéjuste en 2012, Jodi a occupé les postes de chef recherchiste aux Affaires Indiennes et Nord Canada ainsi que le poste d’analyste principale au Comité Permanent du Sénat sur les peuples autochtones. Durant son passage a la Fonction publique elle a aidé a la mise sur pied, en collaboration avec l’Université d’Alberta, d’un journal sur l’étude des politiques autochtones. De 2007 a 2009, elle a été recherchiste principale a l’Institut sur la Gouvernance. Entre autres projets a cet endroit il y eut des ateliers pour Les Premières Nations, les Métis et le gouvernement fédéral ainsi que de nombreuses publications sur la gouvernance Autochtone.

Jodi est titulaire d’un doctorat en sciences politiques (Notre Dame), d’une maîtrise en sciences politiques (Calgary) ainsi qu’un baccalauréat en études politiques (Saskatchewan).

Industry Expertise (3)

Public Policy

Government Administration


Areas of Expertise (8)

Aboriginal Justice


Workshop Facilitation

Political Science

Public Service

Indigenous Affairs


Political Philosophy

Education (3)

University of Notre Dame: Ph.D., Political Science

University of Calgary: M.A., Political Science

University of Saskatchewan: B.A., Political Science

Languages (3)

  • English
  • German
  • French

Media Appearances (4)

How spring break could promote indigenous reconciliation

Ottawa Citizen  print


This coming week, many winter-weary Ottawa families will head south for spring break. If you’re lucky enough to travel, Henry Miller has some advice. The American author described one’s destination as “never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” So how about it? Wherever you go, how about seeking that fresh perspective?

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Career Path Profile: Jodi Bruhn

Political Science Now  online


Political scientists pursue wide-ranging and diverse career paths. This interview series, developed by the APSA Professional Development Program, highlights the many different ways political scientists carry their skills and expertise into the workforce.

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Jodi Bruhn: The words that were weapons

Ottawa Citizen  


We need to talk. We’ve heard it from First Nations leaders and former prime ministers, from academics, novelists and public intellectuals. If we’re finally to move from conflict to cooperation, non-Aboriginal Canadians need to enter into a deep, difficult dialogue with Aboriginal peoples...

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Op-Ed: Toast to those who showed courage in public life

Ottawa Citizen  


Former Senate staffer Chris Montgomery has it. So does Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber. Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page has it in spades. It’s called courage, and there’s mounting evidence that Canadians crave it in their public officials.

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Articles (4)

Identifying Useful Approaches to the Governance of Indigenous Data

International Indigenous Policy Journal

2014 Questions of data governance occur in all contexts. Arguably, they become especially pressing for data concerning Indigenous people. Long-standing colonial relationships, experiences of vulnerability to decisionmakers, claims of jurisdiction, and concerns about collective privacy become significant in considering how and by whom data concerning Indigenous people should be governed.

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In Search of Common Ground: Reconciling Western-based Governance Principles and First Nations Traditions

Institute on Governance


Prompted by the spirit of the new Truth and Reconciliation Commission, soon beginning its work in examining the legacy of the residential school system, this paper seeks to begin to reconcile the governance principles espoused by the Institute On Governance (following the UNDP) with Aboriginal governance traditions.

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Improving Health Governance in First Nation Communities: Model Governance Policies and Tools

Institute on Governance


Prepared in collaboration with the Assembly of First Nations for the Second Annual First Nations Health Manager’s Conference, this practical publication opens with an introduction on governance and a primer on policy, before describing five model governance policies on topics such as: the relationship of a health authority to the First Nation Council; the roles and responsibilities of board and staff; a code of conduct; and the conduct of board meetings.

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In Praise of Taxes: The Link between Taxation and Good Governance in a First Nations Context

Institute on Governance


This paper makes the case that broad-based taxation by First Nations governments would enhance their governance practices. The study relies on comparative government and public finance literatures as well as interviews with First Nations that have already imposed some form of taxation. It examines both the advantages of taxation and the ‘curse’ of revenue that does not arise from broad-base taxation – such as oil or natural resource wealth.

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