Joshua Gladstone

There is little doubt that natural resource extraction is and will likely remain a dominant feature of Northern Canada’s political economy. In this context, how policy is made and how it reflects the needs and interests of Indigenous and non-Indigenous northerners is a central question, especially under the new governance regimes established under modern treaties. This question has motivated Josh’s career decisions and guided his course of study at Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration.

Josh became a student of Arctic resource development while working in Nunavut as an undergraduate field assistant on a regional mapping project with the Geological Survey of Canada in the early 2000s. After graduating he found a job exploring for gold in the Kitikmeot region, but soon realized he was not long for that line of work. Josh’s decision to move to Cambridge Bay in 2006 was influenced by the important relationships he made in camp with people from Ikaluktutiak (Cambridge Bay) and Umingmaktok (Bay Chimo) and by the opportunity to participate in resource development decision-making through work with the Nunavut Impact Review Board and eventually the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Government of Nunavut. After leaving the government in 2010 he was privileged to conduct the first comprehensive evaluation of Inuit implementation responsibilities under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement for Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated.

Since 2010 Josh has pursued his doctoral degree under the supervision of Dr. Frances Abele. His research uses archival material and ethnographic techniques to explore how welfare state reforms have affected the reproduction of local livelihoods in Cambridge Bay under a changing regime of social programs and local social institutions. Meanwhile, knowledge mobilization has become an integral part of his research practice. Josh has published reports, conference papers, and book chapters on comprehensive land claim agreements, northern infrastructure, and responsible investing. He has developed curriculum and taught courses in research methods at Nunavut Sivuniksavut Training College, and with his colleagues Sheena Kennedy Dalseg and Jerald Sabin he co-founded Northern Public Affairs, a publication with a mandate to promote education and public awareness about issues affecting Canada’s northern peoples.

Gladstone, J. (in press). Saving lives or saving money? The federal approach to Northern search and rescue. Northern Public Affairs, 2(3).

Gladstone, J., Dalseg, S.K., and Abele, F. (2013). Promises to keep: Federal spending on communications and transportation infrastructure in the territorial North. In G.B. Doern and C. Stoney, How Ottawa Spends 2012 13: The Harper majority, budget cuts, and the new opposition. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Gladstone, J. (2013). Commemorating Canada’s treaty heritage forty years after Calder. Northern Public Affairs, 1(3), pp.4-5

K.P. Pratt, ed. (2009). Chasing the dark: perspectives on place, history and Alaska Native Land Claims, Anchorage: United States Department of Interior. Review published in The Northern Review, fall 2011.

Gladstone, J. (with Dr. Frances Abele) (2011). Evaluating the effects of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement on Inuit Society, Ottawa [confidential document].

Gladstone, J. (2010). Strategic monitoring and evaluation for land claims implementation: A paper for discussion with the Department of Social and Cultural Development and the Department of Economic and Business Development, Iqaluit [confidential document]

Associated ReSDA projects:

-Lead, Policy and Inuit Livelihoods in Nunavut
-Research Team, Finding What Works: Mining in Nunangat

Contact information:

PhD Candidate and Research Assistant
Carleton University