The Innu of Labrador
As part of a broader study of endangered cultures in the Arctic regions (see Freeman, M. M. R., Endangered Peoples of the Arctic: Struggles to Survive and Thrive), this is a concise overview of the Innu of Labrador. The study begins by offering a cultural overview of the Innu. It briefly presents their history, the environmental setting of their culture, their social and political organization, their religion and their traditional subsistence strategies. The emphasis is on modern threats to survival and the Innu response to them. The author identifies specific threats, such as the Western Labrador and Voisey’s Bay mining, the Upper Churchill Hydroelectric Project, forestry operations, highway development, recreational hunting and fishing, military low level flying, state administration and health issues. The efforts on the part of the Innu to resist these threats and survive culturally form the third part of the study. The author tracks the development of the self-government movement, media campaigning aimed at drawing attention to their problems, both within Canada and on the international stage, and finally the environmental hearings and research conducted in an effort to document their history and current situation.
01 Jan 2000
Aboriginal public administration
Strategic Research Theme
Arctic and Northern Regions