Cross cultural differences in evaluating and interpreting the Inuvialuit Final Agreement

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: social impact, Inuvialuit, land claim

Principal Investigator: Patrick, Mark (1)
Licence Number: 13924
Organization: University of Waterloo
Licenced Year(s): 2005
Issued: Nov 30, 2005

Project Description: The Inuvialuit Final Agreement was signed over twenty years ago and affects much of what occurs in the Northwest Territories today. It was created to help the Inuvialuit in overcoming the adversity they faced in the past and to give them greater control over their own land. The Inuvialuit Final Agreement has changed many things in the Northwest Territories, including how non-natives and natives such as the Inuvialuit interact with each other. Naturally, a settlement of this kind will create a diversity of opinions between the various groups involved.

The goal of the current study is to gather information on people’s knowledge of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement. This project should help unravel a few of the complicated issues surrounding both the Inuvialuit Final Agreement and the relationship that exists between the Inuvialuit and the rest of Canada. Specifically, the Inuvialuit Final Agreement will be used to assess the quantity and quality of people’s memories for such agreements. How people relate the Inuvialuit Final Agreement to issues affecting the North today will also be examined.

Data will be collected on an individual basis through short interviews that will be
tape-recorded and subsequently coded. Thirty Inuvialuit and thirty non-Inuvialuit participants above the age of eighteen will be interviewed as part of this study.

Since this project involves interviewing sixty individuals from the Inuvik area, community involvement is essential. Open discussion during the interview will be encouraged, as one of the goals of the research is to gather as much information as possible in an attempt to understand how the Inuvialuit Final Agreement is perceived by the public. Each participant will be offered a copy of the final report of this study. A copy of the undergraduate thesis issuing from this research will be available from the University of Waterloo.
Interviews for this study will be conducted at various locations (i.e., participants’ homes) in Inuvik from December 1-31, 2005.