Northern Frontiers, Northern Homeland...

Northern Frontier Northern Homeland Forty Years On: People Environment and Resources in the North -CALL FOR PAPERS

A special two-day event organized by the Canadian Circumpolar Institute and the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta

University of Alberta
29th April-1st May 2014
Telus Centre, Edmonton, Canada

This event at the University of Alberta in Edmonton will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Berger Inquiry. Bringing together indigenous leaders, community members, members of academia, policymakers and representatives from government and industry, we will explore the following questions and more in the spirit of Berger’s roving commission, offering space for considered debate and thoughtful critique.

Forty years on from the beginning of the inquiry, and within a context of oil, gas and mining activities in northern Canada and other parts of the circumpolar North, what is the legacy of the Berger Inquiry?

What is the contemporary situation regarding social and environmental impact assessments?

How has the situation changed for the effective involvement of indigenous peoples in decision-making processes over large-scale industrial projects?

What is the role and responsibility of government and industry in dealing with resource development projects in the homelands of indigenous peoples?

Given the increased global interest in the Arctic and its resources, together with a shifting paradigm for circumpolar geopolitics, is the North being re-imagined and represented once more as a resource frontier rather than recognized and acknowledged as a region of diverse cultural homelands?

We invite academics, policy analysts, practitioners, students, community members, industry and those involved in areas that relate to the above questions and the topics listed below to submit proposals for papers that examine issues relevant to this broad area of engagement. If you feel that your contribution lies outside any of these areas but connected to the conference theme, your submission is still very much welcome.

Paper topics:

  1. The Berger Inquiry and Canada’s northern consciousness
  2. Maps, land claims, self-determination
  3. Contemporary issues of social and environmental impact assessments
  4. Decision-making processes over large-scale industrial projects
  5. The duty to consult, the right to benefit
  6. Arctic resources and global interests
  7. International perspectives on the legacy of the Berger Inquiry
  8. Education, leadership and sustainable communities

All submissions should be made by submitting 250-300 word abstract to by 15th November 2013. Submissions should include:

Name of author(s)
Organization affiliation/position(s)
E-mail address

Questions should be directed to:

Anita Dey Nuttall

Brendan Hokowhitu

Registration details to follow in November