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Indigenous Empowerment through Co-management

Land Claims Boards, Wildlife Management, and Environmental Regulation

Co-management boards, established under comprehensive land claims agreements with Indigenous peoples, have become key players in land-use planning, wildlife management, and environmental regulation across Canada’s North. This book provides a detailed account of the operation and effectiveness of these new forms of federalism in order to address a central question: Have co-management boards been successful in ensuring substantial Indigenous involvement in policies affecting the land and wildlife in their traditional territories? Graham White tackles this question in this book, drawing on decades of research and writing about the politics of Northern Canada. He begins with an overview of the boards, examining their legal foundations, structure and membership, decision-making processes, and independence from government. He then presents case studies of several important boards. While White identifies constraints on the role Northern Indigenous peoples play in board processes, he finds that overall they exercise extensive decision-making influence.

400 pages | 6 x 9

Table of Contents

Part 1: What Are Land Claims–Based Co-management Boards?
1 A New Species in the Canadian Governmental Menagerie
2 Northern Governments, Land Claims, and Land Claims Boards
Part 2: Specific Land Claims Boards
3 The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board
4 The Yukon Fish and Wildlife Management Board
5 The Mackenzie Valley Environmental Impact Review Board and the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board
6 The Mackenzie Valley Boards and the Regulatory Improvement Saga
Part 3: A Review of the Key Issues
7 Issues of Board Independence
8 Traditional Knowledge in Claims-Mandated Co-management Board
9 Indigenous Influence through Claims Boards?
Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index

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