Ripple Effects: Devolution, Development and State Sovereignty in the Canadian North

  • Heather N. Nicol


This chapter explores the way in which Canada’s current territorial development policies and initiatives reinforce current and substantive interests of Arctic security and sovereignty promoted by the Canadian government. In particular, it examines the emerging political, economic and spatial dynamic resulting from recent rounds of state-centered interest and agency directed toward ‘protecting’ Arctic borders and securing ‘Canadian’ sovereign territory. This security and sovereignty mandate, as it has been constructed through various Canadian federal government departments, appears to now inform the workings of a number of state agencies and institutions, and to have created a series of cascading impacts throughout the Canadian North, ultimately influencing regional and local boundaries of self-governance and comanagement, compromising a more general comprehensive security, if not soft security practices.


Canadian North comprehensive security devolution neoliberalism regional development state sovereignty 


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