Theme 2: Resource Regimes and the Social Economy in the North

Theme 2 Coordinator - Dr. Brenda Parlee, University of Alberta

For further information about this project, contact:
Dr. Brenda Parlee (email:

PowerPoint Presentation: Resources Regimes and the Social Economy by Dr. Brenda Parlee

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Project Title


Project 2a

Impact of Participation in the Wage Economy on Traditional Harvesting, Dietary Patterns and Social Networks in the Inuvialuit Settlement region 
Zoe Todd and
Dr. Brenda Parlee, University of Alberta

 Project Completed

Project 2b

The Boom and Bust of Food Security
Angie Chiu, 
Dr. Brenda Parlee and
Dr. Ellen Goddard, University of Alberta

 Project Completed

Project 2c

The Meaning of Education for Inuvialuit in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT, Canada.
Raila Salokangas, (Masters student) and
Dr. Brenda Parlee, University of Alberta

 Project Completed

Project 2d

Boom and Bust of Social Capital - Yellowknife
Margaret Lovely and
Christopher Lyon, University of Alberta, and
Tsatsiye Catholique, Lustel K’e Dene First Nation

Pending Completion

Project 2e

Community Hunts and Sharing Harvested Meat in Fort Good Hope, NWT 
Roger McMillan and
Dr. Brenda Parlee, University of Alberta

Project Complete



Projects associated with this theme will look at the past, present and potential impact of varying resource extraction regimes on the development of the social economy and the evolution of government programs. It will examine differing resource regimes based on the type of resource, the conditions of the resource development, and co-management conditions.

Using a variety of indicators, research will attempt to determine which conditions best promote social economic development. This will enable researchers to work with communities to help define their community development preferences.

For several projects differing co-management regimes will be examined and comparisons made. Evaluation of co-management systems will provide insight into their potential to improve social economic activities and community resilience. The impacts of varying arrangements on social economic development in the north including devolution, land claim settlements and implementation agreements will be examined to evaluate effectiveness and relationships in the social economy.

Another project under this theme will evaluate the experiences and contributions of small-scale community resource-based enterprises. This will help to define potential contribution of such "alternative" development to the social economy of Northern communities.

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