Fifth Annual Workshop, Kuujjuaq, October 2015

bannerv2???????????????????????????????The Fifth Annual ReSDA Workshop “Land Claims, Subsistence Economies and Resource Developments” co-sponsored with ArcticFROST, was held at the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) conference room in Kuujjuaq, QC from October 21-23, 2015.  Support to make this possible provided by  Makivik Corporation, Kativik Regional Government, Air Inuit and First Air.

Workshop Updates


Day 1 – Wednesday October 21, 2015

Cover ReSDA introduction for KuujjuaqIntroductions: ReSDA, Land Claims and Resource Developments
Chris, Southcott, Lakehead University



Land Claim Agreements – what does this mean 40 years later: Lessons learned and new directions in Nunavik.  Michael Barrett, KRG & Michael Gordon, Makivik Corporation

Day 2 – Thursday October 22, 2015

Session 2: Research on Mining, Land Claims and Subsistence in Nunavik

CoverRodonKuujjuaqReSDAworshop2015Resource Development: Some Element of Sustainability.  Thierry Rodon, Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair, Laval University




Cover ResDA Asbestos Hill presentation - jcarney2Asbestos Hill: Inuit Experience with Nunavik’s First Mine. 
Jeanette Carney, Department of Geography, Memorial University



Cover Parlee RESDA resource curseAvoiding the Resource Curse: Coping with the Slippery Slopes of a Mining Boom. 
Brenda Parlee, Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, University of Alberta.



Session 3: Perspectives from Nunavik

CoverFCNQHistory&MissionDepartmentsCooperatorsv2-2La Federation des Cooperatives du Nouveau-Quebec et ses 14 cooperatives membres.  Lisa Koperqualuk, FCNQ

Presentation about the culture and cooperatives in Nunavik. This included the history of our cooperative movement in the Quebec Arctic and highlighted the very important role of the co-ops  in the development of Nunavik communities.


 Cover Abandonned mineral exploration  sites September 2015 finalNunavik Abandoned Mineral Exploration Site Rehabilitation Project.
Kativik Regional Government  Michael Barrett and Betsy Pallister



Cover from Exploration to a Mine 12-11-09From Exploration to a Mine
Kativik Regional Corporation  Michael Barrett and Betsy Pallister




Session 4: Perspectives from other regions.

Cover Metcalf presentation Kuujjuaq ReSDAPerspectives from Alaska
Vera Metcalf, Eskimo Walrus Commission



Perspectives from Labrador
Frank Phillips, Torngat Wildlife Management Board

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Implementing Modern Treaties: the NLCA and subsistence rights
Natalia Loukacheva, University of Northern BC




Session 5: Roundtable Discussions on land claims and resource developments


Session 6: Updates on ReSDA Related Research Projects

Cover Mining Economies and Local Businesses - RESDA presentation Schott Mining Economies, Mining Families: Extractive Industries and Human Development in the Eastern Subarctic.
Stephan Schott and Anteneh Belayneh, Carleton University.



Cover ReSDA-IBI_Iqaluit_2015 Petrov

ReSDA /IRC Indicators Project
Andrey Petrov, University of Northern Iowa




Day 3 – Friday October 23, 2015

Session 7: Updates on ReSDA related Research

 Sustainable Cultures – ReSDA Theme research
David Natcher, University of Saskatchewan

Andrey Petrov, University of Northern Iowa

ReSDCover ReSDa projectsA Projects – Summary
Chris Southcott, Lakehead University





Workshop Background

Each year ReSDA has organized an annual research workshop based on central theme. The workshop brings together researchers and northern partners representing communities, government, the private sector and non-profit organizations that are involved with issues and research relating to sustainable Arctic natural resource development. This year we would like to engage the people and communities of Nunavik in discussions with the ReSDA research network to facilitate the understanding of the key issues that are being faced by the region in relation to resource developments. The presentations and discussion will focus on subsistence activities and engagement with extractive industries over the past 40 years since the settlement of the Land Claims in Nunavik and Alaska.

In 1971, the first comprehensive Aboriginal land claim in North America was signed between Alaska Natives and the United States Government. Four years later, in 1975, Canada entered into its first comprehensive land claims, the James Bay Northern Quebec Agreement, with the Cree and Inuit of northern Quebec. While the primary motivation for the settlement of these land claims agreements was arguably the need to establish clear and secure title to lands and resources in advance of large-scale resource development (oil and hydro-electric), it is also widely acknowledged that land claims agreements were designed to provide Aboriginal claimants with well-defined entitlements to land and wildlife resources. These agreements, by virtue, were to protect a valued way of life predicated largely on the harvesting of wildlife resources. However, the actual scope and practical significance of maintaining this valued way of life for Alaska Natives and Inuit of Nunavik has largely been determined by how subsistence rights and interests are reflected in their respective claims. The policy and legislative environment created by these two land claims agreements have had a major effect at the community level by influencing what forms of livelihood can be attained. These varying institutional arrangements may either reinforce subsistence rights or produce additional food insecurities. In the four decades that have past since the signing of ANCSA and the JBNQA no in-depth comparative study has been conducted on how these two foundational land claims agreements have affected the environmental livelihoods of Aboriginal claimants. This workshop will serve as an initial step in filling this void. Through this workshop, and subsequent publication of research papers, we hope to generate a wealth of empirical information that can then be used to evaluate to effectiveness of these foundational land claims based on ground level reality of beneficiaries. This will be of value as a point of reference as new structures emerge in response to an ever-increasing number of Native title determinations and as innovative approaches are explored in land management, resource development and indigenous governance.

Workshop Themes

1) Sustainability of Wildlife Harvesting
2) Engagement with Extractive Industries

This workshop will focus on issues of subsistence based economies and engagement with extractive industries with a view to understanding the perspectives from community members, researchers, government and industry. The insights provided from the various sectors will help create a greater understanding of the issues and ways that we can determine social, cultural and environmental changes and how these can be improved in relation to resource development.

Workshop Materials

Travel and Accommodation Information

All participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements and those eligible for reimbursement should contact Valoree Walker.
Air travel must be the lowest economy airfare so arrangements should be made early to ensure this is available.

Airline Information

The following airlines are offering discounted flights to Kuujjuaq:

  • Air Inuit     Air Inuit is providing 30% off their airfares for workshop participant travel. To ResDa Annual Workshops in YVP 2015 (2)book the reduced airfares call 1.800.361.2965  Travel to Kuujjuaq is from Quebec or Montreal.


  • First Air  is providing a 20% discount on the lowest fare availalbe at the time of booking on flights from Montreal to Kuujjuaq .  The promo code to book the reduced fare is RSD03. You must make your booking by calling reservations at 1-800-267-1247


Auberge Kuujjuaq Inn:  A block of 27 rooms has been designated for workshop participants at Auberge Kuujjuaq Inn at the rate of $202.50/night. Guest rooms must be booked by calling 1-(819) 964-2903 or by emailing Please make sure you tell the front desk when booking that you are part of the RESDA block of rooms for October 21st.  This block of rooms will only be held until October 7 so you must arrange your accommodation before this date.

Kuujjuaq Coop Hotel:  Rooms may also be availalbe at the Kuujjuaq Coop Hotel at the rate of $195.00/night.  Rooms can be booked by calling  1-866-336-2667 or emailing The block booking under YRC-FC, was only availalbel until September 30 so we cannot guarantee that rooms will be availalbe at this time.

If you have any questions please contact:

Valoree Walker
ReSDA Coordination Office
Yukon Research Centre
Yukon College
Tel: 867-668-8857