Resource Extraction

Resource Extraction Papers

Organized by the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO), and held in Ottawa March 5 through 7, 2008, the roundtable brought together representatives of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations to discuss the broad health and well being impacts of resource extractive development projects (i.e oil and gas, mining) on Aboriginal people, their territories and their communities.

The roundtable features people with first-hand experience working in northern Aboriginal communities discussing local responses to the opportunities and challenges related to mining, oil and gas development.

 


FINAL REPORT: Roundtable Discussion Exploring Community-Based Responses to Resource Extractive Development in Northern Canada

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The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) commissioned this annotated bibliography for its March 2008 roundtable discussion, “Exploring Community-Based Responses to Resource Extractive Development in Northern Canada.”

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Resource Extraction Papers

 

For many northern Inuit communities, the resource extraction industries may appear to be at odds with their cultural practices of sustainable and respectful use of the environment.

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The mining industry offers huge economic potential for Canada’s territorial governments, northern Aboriginal governments and Aboriginal community members.

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Resource extraction industries such as mining and oil and gas development are traditionally viewedas male-dominated. Yet these industries affect the lives of male and female community residents in unique and diverse ways.

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It is difficult to separate the political dimensions of northern resource development from the economic dimensions that underlie and guide many political decisions.

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Relationships with the land, the harvest of traditional natural resources, and the resulting social relationships connect people in small and remote Aboriginal communities.

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