Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Updated: Mar 29

I want to acknowledge that the land in which Kroeger Policy Review is based is the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation. That being said, at this time when all of us are sprawled across the country, it is important to acknowledge that many Canadians are on lands that are the traditional territories of many Indigenous peoples.

This summer, Canadians faced an historic reckoning. We were in the midst of a global pandemic, one that we are still facing today, that drastically changed even the most basic components of our every day lives.

And as Canadians have had to go back to the drawing board, we’ve expected the same from our governments and our society.

Our governments have been forced to innovate in order to maintain the economy and the financial stability of millions of Canadians. We’ve forced our country to reckon with the realities of institutionalized racism that underlies all of our systems and structures. We’ve forced our government and our society to consider the changing climate and how we’re going to address the impending climate disaster that awaits our generation.

What we’ve seen during this pandemic is that we’re becoming incredibly aware of the issues that are defining our generation. But we aren’t becoming aware of the policies by our government’s that have led us here.

We know that many people see public policy as this overly complicated thing that academics do with no affects on our lives. The truth is public policy is not only important to all of us, but also incredibly empowering. We’ve seen that social media can be a useful tool for generating awareness, but awareness in itself isn’t the goal. The goal is to change opinions, cause action, and ultimately change policy. While tweets and Instagram stories are finite, the impacts of public policies can last generations: the policies enacted at our country’s founding still affect us today.

With Kroeger Policy Review, we want to bridge this gap between issue awareness and policy understanding. We’re going to make public policy content that can be easily understood by every Canadian, regardless of how much they know about policy already.

We’re a team of public policy students at Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs and we’re focused on making a publication that is not only understandable by all, but is diverse, inclusive, and accessible because good public policy requires the perspectives of as many people as possible.

When you come to Kroeger Policy Review, you don’t need to know anything about public policy. But when you leave, our goal is that you understand a little bit more about a policy than you did before and that, eventually, over time, you’ll see how public policy exists everywhere in our lives and you’ll understand what those policies are.

Starting next Monday, we will be publishing insightful content from a variety of writers three times a week. In the coming weeks, we’ll be publishing our first issue on race, religion, and culture that I am very excited to share. You’ll be able to see all of our content on here! Make sure you follow us on social media to stay up to date on all of the things we’re doing.

I want to note that we will not always be perfect, and we will not always be right. At times, our internal processes may be flawed, our content may be false, and our decisions may be wrong. As Editor-in-Chief I can’t guarantee that we, or I, won’t make mistakes. However, I can guarantee that when we do, we will be honest, transparent, we will engage with our community and we will do our best to correct the mistake and to grow as a publication.

If you’re interested in joining us on this journey email me at info@kroegerpolicyreview.com or send us a message on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Until then, take care,

Brian Huynh, Editor-in-Chief