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The Berger Inquiry revisited: The meaning of inclusion for the Inuvialuit

Cargill, Susan Virginia.   Dalhousie University (Canada) ProQuest Dissertations Publishing,  2002. MQ75451.

Abstract (summary)

The well-publicized Berger Inquiry, and its final report published in 1977, sought public opinion on the consequences of construction of a Mackenzie Valley pipeline. It marked an important moment in Canadian political history, as it diverged from the historical pattern of northern resource development by actively seeking the opinions of northerners, especially northern native peoples. This thesis considers the specific case of the Inuvialuit and the implications of their participation at the Inquiry. It suggests that while Berger's recommendation for a moratorium on construction of a northern pipeline was not the determining factor in the decision against pipeline development, the Inquiry still carried significant influence as a process that fostered communication of native goals for land claim settlements and greater self-determination. The main archival sources were transcripts of the hearings, other Inquiry papers, northern native newspapers, House of Commons Debates, and government documents. The Inquiry is criticized for its analysis of the Inuvialuit position as being in opposition to pipeline development, and it is suggested that instead Inuvialuit expressed a wide range of opinion, including interest in large-scale development. Although their culture and northern economy rested on a land relationship, this fact of northern culture did not necessitate opposition to oil and gas development. Rather, the subtleties of the Inuvialuit position prepared the way for a new and integrative approach to northern resource development, with implications for Canada's evolving political practices. Thus, the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry should be seen as a process that allowed for native participation on their own terms, and not simply as an exercise in coercion by southern culture.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Canadian history;
Political science
Classification
0334: Canadian history
0615: Political science
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
The Berger Inquiry revisited: The meaning of inclusion for the Inuvialuit
Author
Cargill, Susan Virginia
Number of pages
148
Degree date
2002
School code
0328
Source
MAI 41/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
978-0-612-75451-5
Advisor
Tillotson, Shirley
University/institution
Dalhousie University (Canada)
University location
Canada -- Nova Scotia, CA
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertation or Thesis
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
MQ75451
ProQuest document ID
305517327
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
https://www.proquest.com/docview/305517327/fulltextPDF