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Small scale, community based economic development in the Canadian Arctic

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Robinson, Graham 


The term "northern development" in the Canadian Arctic is often associated only with large, non-renewable resource extraction projects. Other alternative development projects such as the co-operatives provide development on a scale that a community itself can manage and control. The "boom and bust" cycle of mega project development has been of little benefit to Inuit community development and the current "bust" in the Canadian Beaufort Sea oil and gas exploration activity is a case in point. A more sustainable, alternative development strategy is provided by small scale, community based economic development.


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Squire, V.A.


Canadian Arctic, Community-based economic development, Inuit communities


Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

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University of Cambridge