Gap Analysis 1

History of Resource Development

Updated: The History and Historiography of Natural Resource Development in the Arctic: The State of the Literature

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The history of resource development across the Arctic and the main areas regarding impacts of these developments on northern communities.

Lead Researcher: Ken Coates, University of Saskatchewan (

Several priority areas were identified that would aid in the investigation of gaps relative to resource development in the Canadian Arctic. A primary need for information is in the history of resource development. It is also important to include studies of non-Aboriginal communities and resource-dependent societies; conflicts of value systems (Indigenous, newcomer populations, outside corporations, governments, and southerners); the wage and employment systems in resource development; the impact of winter; public and private sector investments in infrastructure; environmental remediation; Indigenous involvement in the resource economy; and Indigenous responses to northern resource development projects.

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Priorities Summary