Laying the Foundation
Permafrost researchers and political scientists at Carleton share a common goal: help Canada’s North prepare for a new climatic regime
By Dan Rubinstein
Photos by Luther Caverly
This new normal invokes big questions about public expenditures and the need to upgrade northern infrastructure while maintaining adequate funding for health and social programs. Such questions are the purview of Frances Abele, a professor at Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration who specializes in northern political and economic development.
National interest in the North has soared amid the prospect of mining and energy development, ice-free shipping and sovereignty concerns. Yet after a period of political activism and negotiation, from roughly 1965 to 2005, indigenous organizations have successfully mobilized, completing land claims and treaties. These agreements, says Abele, “have created the institutional means through which decisions about future development will be made.”