Canada's North and Aboriginal Popluation

1592 Words Jan 28th, 2018 6 Pages
In actuality, it stems far beyond the isolated land of picturesque vistas used to often describe Canada’s rugged landscape. The lived Canadian environment reflects a regional perspective that does not encompass the true reality of the country as a whole. The North links the diversity of Indigenous peoples to the land they have occupied for centuries, a place where they have built their own distinct culture, language and identity. Those ideals have been increasingly challenged in the twenty-first century, in spite of the imagined sense of ‘Canadianness’ in the North but because of the transitioning economy and environment in the North. This paper will explore the challenges facing Canada’s northern resource economy and the socio-cultural implications on the regions Aboriginal population.
Historically, the national psyche of the “Territorial North” uses the region to define the country to citizens and the world, with 80% of Canadians linking their national identity to the North (Cric Papers 4). Canadians have come to see the North as “an idea, not [a] location; a myth, a promise, a destiny” (Francis 152). The North serves as a land of imagination and a physical challenge for adventurers, epitomizing the North as a romanticized region (Francis 154) which links the landscape and environment to an imagined sense of Canadian culture and identity. Beyond the depths of the imagined North lie three very distinct…
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