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Aboriginal Autonomy and Development in Northern Quebec and Labrador

The Canadian North is witness to some of the most innovative efforts by Aboriginal peoples to reshape their relations with “mainstream” political and economic structures. Northern Quebec and Labrador are particularly dynamic examples of these efforts, composed of First Nations territories that until the 1970s had never been subject to treaty but are subject to escalating industrial demands for natural resources. The essays in this volume illuminate key conditions for autonomy and development: the definition and redefinition of national territories as cultural orders clash and mix; control of resource bases upon which northern economies depend; and renewal and reworking of cultural identity.


448 pages


Table of Contents

Foreword and Acknowledgments

1 Introduction: On Autonomy and Development / Colin H. Scott

2 Healing the Past, Meeting the Future / Peter Penashue

Part One: (Re)defining Territory

3 Shaping Modern Inuit Territorial Perception and Identity in the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula / Ludger Müller-Wille

4 Writing Legal Histories on Nunavik / Susan G. Drummond

5 The Landscape of Nunavik/The Territory of Nouveau-Québec / Peter Jacobs

6 Aboriginal Rights and Interests in Canadian Northern Seas / Monica E. Mulrennan and Colin H. Scott

7 Territories, Identity, and Modernity among the Atikamekw (Haut St-Maurice, Québec) / Sylvie Poirier

Part Two: Resource Management and Development Conflicts

8 Voices from a Disappearing Forest: Government, Corporate, and Cree Participatory Forestry Management Practices / Harvey Feit and Robert Beaulieu

9 Conflicts between Cree Hunting and Sport Hunting: Co-Management Decision-Making at James Bay / Colin H. Scott and Jeremy Webber

10 Becoming a Mercury Dealer: Moral Implications and the Construction of Objective Knowledge for the James Bay Cree / Richard T. Scott

11 Media Contestation of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement: The Social Construction of the Cree Problem / Donna Patrick and Peter Armitage

12 Low-level Military Flight Training in Quebec-Labrador: The Anatomy of a Northern Development Conflict / Mary Barker

13 The Land Claims Negotiations of the Montagnais or Innu of the Province of Quebec and the Management of Natural Resources / Paul Charest

Part Three: Community, Identity, and Governance

14 Community Dispersement and Organization: The Case of Ouje-bougoumou / Abel Bosum

15 Gathering Knowledge: Reflections on the

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