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Policy Briefing: North Policy Briefing

PM cites Northern Strategy, Arctic sovereignty

This is our government’s Northern Strategy at its fullest: exercising our sovereignty by bringing people to the North, creating jobs for northerners, while preserving and enjoying the wonders of the northern environment.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay says Canadian Rangers provide invaluable assistance to Canadian Forces’ domestic operations across the country, as well as sovereignty operations in the North.
Climate change, labour and skills shortage, and lack of infrastructure investments are hindering Canadian Arctic’s mining boom.
The government and mining companies have been expressing a distinct interest in Northern resources. Here’s what’s going on.
The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency was set up to increase economic development benefits and opportunities for aboriginal communities but opposition MPs say two years after its creation, it’s ‘less than satisfactory’ and they have ‘serious concerns’ about it.
Industry, Yukon College, First Nation governments, training associations, and the territorial government departments are partnering up to ensure Yukon is prepared for this rush.
This ‘father knows best’ prime minister writes prescriptions for the North without any comprehension of, or consideration for the real challenges of the people living there.
One crucial element of economic development which needs more discussion is education, particularly post-secondary education.
Investment builds on three-year old Climate Change Adaptation Program, but the North’s most isolated communities continue to struggle with effects of climate change
DND preparing for future conflicts with military and procurements and posturing as DFAIT pursues Arctic cooperation through foreign policy.

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