Since the first edition of this book was published nearly a decade ago, there have been many important developments in Canada's north. The idea of the north as a resource frontier has begun to make amends with the idea of the north as the homeland of thousands of Aboriginal people. Thecoming together of these two visions provide for the thematic structure of the book. Divided into four parts, Geography of the Canadian North 2e provides a comprehensive overview of the title's topic. The first three chapters include discussions of the objectives, themes, and concepts of Canada'snorth; the role of physical geography for the region; and highlights the key historical events regarding resource development and Aboriginal Peoples. The following four chapters deal with population, resource development, mega-projects, and the environmental consequences of resource development.Aboriginal development is dealt with in two chapters - Aboriginal Population and Society, and Aboriginal Economy, Land Claims, and Self-Government. Finally, 'Summing Up' emphasizes the economic and political changes that have taken place over the last decade. This chapter will ask 'where are wegoing?' with regards to resource development and the place of Aboriginal northerners in the North's economy, political structure, and social fabric.
Robert M. Bone is Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography at the University of Saskatchewan.