The New Dynamic Arctic: A Canadian Perspective

Professor Peter Harrison, Stauffer-Dunning Chair and Director School of Policy Studies, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Over 40% of Canada lies in the Arctic or sub-Arctic, but the national interest in the region has ebbed and flowed over the last few decades. In the last few years, however, interest has peaked like never before, and the Arctic has taken on new dimensions in national (and international) importance and prominence. This presentation will focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the emerging Canadian Arctic. It will outline the importance of new governance structures, including devolution of federal powers to the three Territories, and underline the major steps forward taken in the land claims agreements (modern Treaties) with aboriginal peoples in the region. It will also address the resource development potential and the need for continued effective environmental and socio-economic stewardship.

Willem Barentsz Poolinstituut

Bundeling van kennis, onderzoek en onderwijs over de Noord- en de Zuidpool

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