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Canada and the Changing Arctic

Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship

Franklyn Griffiths

Publication Year: 2011

Published by: Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page

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List of Maps

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pp. vii

List of Figures

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pp. ix

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Foreword: Hugh Segal, Senator

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pp. xi-xiii

It is rare that a territory seen by so few can be emotionally, spiritually, and personally so compellingly important to so many. Yet that is a modest and understated description of the relationship between Canadians and their Arctic region and territories. It is a passionate, possessive, patriotic, and...

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Foreword: Bill Graham, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and of National Defence

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pp. xv-xxi

When Professor Huebert asked me to contribute an introduction to this collection of essays by some of Canada’s foremost experts on Arctic matters, I wondered what I could add to their informed reflections on these issues, which Canadians must understand if they are to meet the challenges...

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pp. xxiii-xxv

First and foremost, we thank the Canadian International Council (CIC) for granting us research fellowships to pursue these studies in 2008–9. Tamara Zur, Jordan Dupuis, Frances Cation, and Laura Sunderland organized speaking engagements, edited drafts, and supported us in myriad other ways. Hugh...

List of Acronyms

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pp. xxvii-xxix

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-12

The Arctic is front page news in Canada and around the world. Mixed messages from journalists, academics, and government representatives predict both conflict and cooperation in the region. On the one hand, talk abounds of “a new Cold War” brewing, tied to a “race for resources,” an...

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2. Canadian Arctic Sovereignty and Security in a Transforming Circumpolar World

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pp. 13-68

The core objective of this chapter is to achieve an understanding of Canadian Arctic sovereignty and security in the context of a fundamentally changing Arctic. First, it will examine sovereignty and security. It will then examine the forces that are transforming the very fabric of the Arctic...

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3. From Polar Race to Polar Saga An Integrated Strategy for Canada and the Circumpolar World

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pp. 69-179

Fifty years ago, Diefenbaker’s bold “northern vision” anticipated that the North—the last Canadian “frontier”—would soon be abuzz with activity. His vision was never implemented, and our nation-building exercise remains incomplete. Political rhetoric has once again heated up, prompted by climate...

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4. Towards a Canadian Arctic Strategy

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pp. 181-225

The Arctic is opening up at an astonishing rate. It draws more and more of us southerners to want in, but from a safe distance as though from a cruise ship. Enticed but leery, we marvel at the physical transformations that are making the region less forbidding. Climate change, the prospect of easier...

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5. Sovereignty, Security, and Stewardship: An Update

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pp. 227-253

The Arctic agenda has continued to gain momentum since the authors submitted their final reports to the CIC in the spring of 2009. Climate change, resource issues, undefined continental shelf boundaries, potential maritime transportation routes, and security issues continue to factor into the...

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Appendix Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Statement on Canada’s Arctic Foreign Policy: Exercising Sovereignty and Promoting Canada’s Northern Strategy Abroad, August 2010

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pp. 255-274

The Arctic is fundamental to Canada’s national identity. It is home to many Canadians, including indigenous peoples, across the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and the northern parts of many Canadian provinces. The Arctic is embedded in Canadian history and culture, and in the...


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pp. 275-301


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pp. 303-310

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9781554584130
E-ISBN-10: 1554584132
Print-ISBN-13: 9781554583386
Print-ISBN-10: 1554583381

Publication Year: 2011

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  • Canada, Northern--Government policy.
  • Canada, Northern--Military policy.
  • Arctic regions--Strategic aspects.
  • Canada, Northern--Strategic aspects.
  • Canada--Boundaries--Arctic regions.
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