Constitutional Development and Natural Resources in the North
The North is a frontier area, or hinterland, shaped by processes primarily determined in more southerly metropolitan areas.1 Yet the relationship of the northern areas to the centers of political and economic decision making has evolved in numerous ways as resource extraction has intensified, regional autonomy has been achieved, and greater recognition has been secured for the land and other rights of the Aboriginal peoples. There is a relationship of tension between resource development, regional political autonomy, and Aboriginal rights, and sometimes of direct conflict. A development in one aspect necessarily affects the others. The social and economic characteristics of the regions and their populations have been highly important in determining how this relationship is played out.
KeywordsSettlement Land Aboriginal People Resource Development Public Government Land Claim
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