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Policy Briefing: The North
The Dempster Highway is pictured crossing the Richardson Mountains in the Yukon. The federal government is well positioned to bring together all levels of governments, the private sector, experts, and interest groups to establish a vision for infrastructure development in the North, says Jennifer Spence. Photograph courtesy of PierreWiki

How to get northern infrastructure on track

Social and economic prosperity will not be realized using a piecemeal, project-based approach.
Opinion|Natan Obed
For too long, Inuit have suffered from incremental change that ultimately led to the management of poverty, rather than its elimination.
Canada cannot dictate to the North what healthy and nutritious food is as it reforms Nutrition North Canada.
Making renewable energy available at competitive rates and providing for security of supply is essential to the well-being of N.W.T. residents, the economy, and our environment.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami president Natan Obed and Northern Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc recently met to discuss Nutrition North, in what both called a 'productive meeting.'
We can’t rely on American, Chinese, or Norwegian research to procure the scientific foundation on which to base the sustainable development of our North.
What little action there is is slow, and funding is spread over a number of years.
The priorities of the North are the priorities of our government.
I am most proud of our focus on those who are vulnerable, improving housing, and health.
If the government doesn't invest in infrastructure, education, and other long-term needs now, the gap between the ‘have’ South and the ‘have-not’ North will only grow.
News|Neil Moss
Claims are inspired more by each country’s desire to be seen as an Arctic power, and less by extractable value, says Prof. Adam Lajeunesse.
The potential for conflict between Russia and Canada’s allies can’t be forgotten among other priorities.
Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc cautions that private-sector options to get food up north faster, like Amazon, are limited in scope.
With its current emissions-reduction targets, Canada is not committed to keeping the Arctic cold enough to ensure the survival of the Inuit.
A year ago, I sounded a red alert about the Northwest Territories’ future. I’m happy to say the federal government has responded positively.

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