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Hunters at the Margin

Native People and Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Hunters at the Margin

Native People and Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories

Hunters at the Margin examines the conflict in the Northwest Territories between Native hunters and conservationists over three big game species: the wood bison, the muskox, and the caribou. John Sandlos argues that the introduction of game regulations, national parks, and game sanctuaries was central to the assertion of state authority over the traditional hunting cultures of the Dene and Inuit. His archival research undermines the assumption that conservationists were motivated solely by enlightened preservationism, revealing instead that commercial interests were integral to wildlife management in Canada.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Enigmatic North / Graeme Wynn

Introduction: Wildlife and Canadian History

Part 1: Bison

1 Making Space for Wood Bison

2 Control on the Range

3 Pastoral Dreams

Part 2: Muskox

4 The Polar Ox

Part 3: Caribou

5 La Foule! La Foule!

6 To Save the Wild Caribou

7 The Caribou Crisis

Conclusion

Appendix; Notes; Bibliography; Index

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