Although recent court cases have upheld Aboriginal title rights, the cooperative spirit of the treaties is being lost as Canadians engage in endless arguments about First Nations "issues." This book argues that the road ahead is clear: if all Canadians take up their responsibilities as treaty peoples, Canada will become a leader among treaty nations.
A special collection of open access essays, guest edited by Greg Poelzer and published in the Northern Review, focused on the intricate and dynamic formal and informal processes of consultation and engagement with northern communities and stakeholders in resource development.
This paper discusses contemporary issues surrounding the efficiency of environmental assessment (EA) and the effectiveness of community engagement with focus on Canadian practice in the last two decades.
The second volume of the Arctic Human Development Report: Regional Processes and Global Linkages provides an update to the first AHDR (2004) in terms of an assessment of the state of Arctic human development; highlights the major trends and changes and identifies policy relevant conclusions and key gaps in knowledge.
Canadian governments currently feeling the pinch over sagging oil prices should aim to invest 100 per cent of natural resource revenues in sovereign wealth funds to help spread out the benefits over time.
Canada’s Provincial North is the vast sub-Arctic expanse that shares northern climates, has close to 1.5 million residents, holds enormous resource potential in oil and gas, forestry, mining, and hydro-electric development, is home to dozens of culturally distinct First Nations, Métis, and Inuit groups, and is facing enormous pressures for change.This region is, as a consequence, the next major public policy frontier for Canadian governments, including the Government of Canada, the seven provinces with significant northern regions, and the Aboriginal governments.
This report, co-authored by Ken Coates and Greg Poelzer, examines the process of devolution (the transfer of government power, authority, and resources from the national government to sub-national governments) and its implications for Canada's North. While the authors note that devolution will empower the territorial governments, they also outline some of the challenges presented by the transformation.