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The Nunavut Land Claim Agreement and Caribou Habitat Management

Bernauer, Warren



The Canadian Journal of Native Studies



In 1993, Inuit completed negotiations of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement with the Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories, creating a new institutional framework for the governance of land and mineral resources. Caribou habitat management in the Kivalliq region of Nunavut demonstrates that this new institutional framework has poorly served Inuit hunters, as their long-stated demand for protection of critical caribou habitant and areas of high cultural value from mineral exploration and extraction remains unmet. The institutions which dominate land and mineral resource governance in Nunavut are ill-suited to represent hunters' interests, while institutions which represent hunters directly are not provided significant resources or power in land management decisions.

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