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How Political Change Paved the Way for Indigenous Knowledge: The Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act

THEME: Science Policy Gap

TITLE: How Political Change Paved the Way for Indigenous Knowledge: The Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act

AUTHOR(S):  Julia Christensen and Miriam Grant

JOURNAL: Arctic – Vol. 60, No. 2

DATE: Received on January 5, 2006; Accepted in revised form on October 25, 2006

TAGS: indigenous knowledge, resource management, post-colonialism, land claims

ABSTRACT: This paper highlights the process of political change that led to the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA), an attempt to recognize the legitimacy of indigenous knowledge in resource management. Evidence from ethnographic interviews shows the importance of involving indigenous knowledge holders in local land and resource management decisions, which are grounded in land-claim settlement processes. However, the authority of the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada minister acts as a barrier to genuine involvement of indigenous knowledge and its holders in resource management. True capacity building in the Northwest Territories cannot succeed without devolution of power from the federal government to territorial and First Nations governments.

LINKS:  To view the entire publication, go to http://pubs.aina.ucalgary.ca/arctic/Arctic60-2-115.pdf

COPYRIGHT: Copyright © 2006 Arctic

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Christensen, J.; Grant, M.; 2006. Arctic, Vol. 60, No. 2: “How Political Change Paved the Way for Indigenous Knowledge: The Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act.”

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