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Research Projects

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Tracking the Political Evolution of the Nunatsiavut Government

Researchers: Christopher Alcantara and Graham White
Contact email: calcanta@uwo.ca, gwhite@chass.utoronto.ca
Links: http://politicalscience.uwo.ca/people/faculty/full-time_faculty/chris_alcantara.html

This research project maps out and explains the political evolution of the Nunatsiavut Government. Working with politicians, civil servants, and citizens from the region, we attempt to answer the following questions: How successful has the Nunatsiavut Government (NG) been at fulfilling the expectations underpinning the land claim/self-government agreement that created the NG? What motivates the signatories of modern treaties and self-government agreements to fulfill (or not) their responsibilities under the terms of these agreements? To what extent have the self-government institutions established in Nunatsiavut been able to address issues relating to gender, age, region, and to incorporate Indigenous traditional knowledge into governance processes? Overall, the main goal of this project is to describe and explain the political evolution of the NG by identifying how it has been affected by and has responded to a variety of internal and external forces.