Inuit Regional Autonomy in the Provincial and Territorial North



During the last four decades, Canadian Inuit have negotiated a series of comprehensive land claim agreements with federal, provincial and territorial governments. These agreements have provided the basis for regional autonomy and the subsequent development of self-government institutions. Whereas the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement and the creation of the Territory of Nunavut is the most well-known example of this trend, Inuit in other regions such as Nunavik (Quebec), the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (Northwest Territories) and Nunatsiavut (Labrador) have also used land claim agreements as a basis for developing institutions of self-government. What differentiates these regions from Nunavut, however, is that they are territorially and politically embedded within existing constituent units of the Canadian federation. The institutional development of self-government in these regions, therefore, has contributed a new and innovative dimension to Canadian federalism by securing greater regional autonomy for Inuit peoples without challenging the territorial integrity of Canadian federal system.

Inuit Regional Autonomy in the Provincial and Territorial North is funded by the SSHRC.

  • Dr. Gary Wilson, Principal Investigator, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Dr. Christopher Alcantara, Co-Investigator, Wilfred Laurier University
  • Dr. Thierry Rodon, Co-Investigator, Laval University

Maxime Thibault, Master Candidate, Hautes Études Internationales.

Maxime Thibault is a Master’s candidate in International studies at the Institut québécois des hautes études internationales (Université Laval), with interests in Nunavik’s governance issues, particularly related to housing policy. Mrs. Thibault holds a Bachelor degree in International studies and modern languages from the Université Laval. In 2010, she completed a semester at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, where she improved her knowledge of Russian language, culture and politics. She also has a Bachelor degree in Music from the Université de Montréal.

Sabrina Bourgeois, Master Candidate, Political Science

Sabrina Bourgeois is a master's candidate in political science. Her thesis focuses on crisis resolution dynamics on the issue of uranium mining exploitation in Quebec. She won a scholarship grant from Forces Avenir Collégial in 2011 in the category Society, Communication, Education and Politics and from the Défi étudiant in the Sustainable Development category in 2014. The same year, she co-founded and organized the student conference Développer sans perdre le nord at the University of Sherbrooke. She is active in university life through its involvement in various departmental bodies and student associations.