Nahanni National Park Reserve Expansion: Finding an Equitable Solution

Regions: North Slave Region

Tags: mining, social sciences, protected area, resource use

Principal Investigator: Carey, Paul E (1)
Licence Number: 14152
Organization: Queen's University
Licenced Year(s): 2007
Issued: Apr 30, 2007

Objective(s): The objective of this research is to analyze the merits of a hypothetical amendment to Canada's National Parks Act which would permit metal mining within National Park boundaries. The primary purpose of this research is to determine whether the theoretical amendment provides an equitable solution to the proposed Nahanni National Park Reserve expansion.

Project Description: The objective of this research is to analyze the merits of a hypothetical amendment to Canada's National Parks Act which would permit metal mining within National Park boundaries. The primary purpose of this research is to determine whether the theoretical amendment provides an equitable solution to the proposed Nahanni National Park Reserve expansion.

The researcher will fly from Kingston, Ontario, to Yellowknife to access archived federal, territorial, aboriginal and industry sources. He intends to access the following archives: NWT Archives Library; Bureau of Statistics; Industry, Tourism and Development Dept. Library; Mining Records Office; Legislative Assembly Library; Court Library; Aurora College Library (Yellowknife); Parks Canada; Department of Indian and Northern Affairs, and additional public libraries. The researcher is fully aware that he will need to contact some of these archival institutions prior to his arrival to obtain permission to access relevant documents. He will be primarily reading information and making photocopies however, in some cases, he may make digital copies of archived documents.

While the researcher will not be conducting formal interviews, he does intend to speak with stakeholders involved in the Nahanni National Park Reserve expansion. These informal talks will help guide his research and highlight the location of additional sources of written information. The information resulting from these talks is preliminary and for guidance only. It can not be used in the researcher’s thesis, or publications resulting from this study.

A copy of the thesis project and any publications relating to the Master's research will be made available to NWT communities through the Aurora Research Institute.
This study will be conducted from June 11 to June 25, 2007 in Yellowknife, NT (62°27'N 114°21'W).