Learning What's Labour - The changing nature of work, leisure and the good life in the central Canadian Arctic

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: social sciences, anthropology, socio-economics, employment

Principal Investigator: Stern, Pamela (2)
Licence Number: 13048
Organization: University of California
Licenced Year(s): 2000 1999
Issued: May 30, 1999
Project Team: self

Objective(s): This is a thesis dissertation project in anthropology. The primary goal of the project is to examine the process of making a living in the the contemporary North and how it is changing. Lack of wage earning work and a perception of increased dependence on government agencies are concerns commonly expressed by policy makers, Native leaders and social scientists in the North. This project seeks to document experiences and attitudes concerning employment and for wage labour in a community in the Northwest Territories.

Project Description: The primary goal of the project is to examine the process of making a living in the the contemporary North and how it is changing. Data collection will be confined to ethnographic fieldwork in Holman and to archival research. The fieldwork will consist of several short interviews with adult residents of the village of Holman (30 - 50 persons). All participants will be given a general consent form with the goals and objectives of the study made clear to each person interviewed. All participants will be paid for their time.