Natan Obed to speak about resource development in Canada’s north at UCalgary on May 31

30 mai 2016

CALGARY, ALBERTA – May 30, 2016 – A 2016 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences public event features a panel of experts that examines under what conditions resource exploitation can be a source of economic and social sustainability for northern communities drawing on experiences from Canada’s north.

WHATResource Development and Northern Communities: New Relationships and New Possibilities

WHEN: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 from 13:30 to 15:30

WHERE: Science Theatre 148, University of Calgary campus

Past experience has shown that many of the social and economic challenges of northern communities have been linked to the negative impacts of extractive industries. While problems continue to exist between extractive industries and Indigenous communities in other areas of the world, in northern Canada there is some indication that the worst aspects of resource dependence can be countered through the emergence of new relationships between communities, national governments, and industry such as new land claim agreements, impact-benefit agreements, co-management boards and other tools.

The Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) project brings together researchers and community representatives to conduct and mobilize research aimed at the sustainable development of natural resources in a manner that will improve the well-being of northern communities while preserving the region’s unique environment.

Join a panel of experts who will look at the recent changes in the relationship between northern Canadian communities and extractive industry development to see what lessons, if any, Canada may have for other regions. With opening remarks from Guy Laforest, President-Elect of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences and Ted Hewitt, President, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the panel features the following speakers:

  •  Natan Obed, President, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
  •  Frances Abele, Professor, Carleton University
  •  Chris Southcott, Professor, Lakehead University - PI, ReSDA
  •  Gavin Hilson, Professor, University of Surrey

This event is open to the public, free of charge. Media welcome.


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