This dissertation delves into the intricate relationship between the Innu people of Labrador and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. It explores how these two entities interact within the unique contexts of their respective places: Nitassinan and Labrador. The central argument is that Nitassinan and Labrador are distinct places that coexist, at times, in uneasy harmony and, at other times, in outright opposition. These places emerge from a complex web of practices and interactions involving both humans and non-human entities.
The primary focus of the analysis centers on the process of forest co-management in Forest District 19a (Labrador/Nitassinan) between the Innu Nation and the provincial government. This examination seeks to uncover the intersections and interactions between these two places within the ongoing colonial context of the relationship between the Innu people and the provincial government.
While co-management processes are often viewed as opportunities for empowerment for Indigenous communities, the argument presented here suggests that the specific co-management process under scrutiny primarily reinforced and facilitated the types of practices that shaped Labrador as a place. However, amid these dynamics, the Innu people, and the Innu Nation on an institutional level, managed to sustain certain practices that allowed for the continued production of Nitassinan.
In essence, this dissertation offers a critical exploration of the intricate web of relationships and practices that define the coexistence and tension between Nitassinan and Labrador, shedding light on the challenges and complexities faced by Indigenous communities in their interactions with colonial governments.
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