Resource Extraction and Northern Societies

The workshop will examine some of the most pressing contemporary social, cultural, economic and political issues related to the exploration and development of resources in the circumpolar North. These activities are increasing in Canada and elsewhere around the northern circumpolar world. Much exploration and development takes place on or near the traditional territories of indigenous peoples and local communities and the workshop will introduce students to key social, political and economic aspects of increased national and international interest in hydrocarbons and minerals. What are the social and cultural effects of such development? What are the economic benefits for northern societies? What opportunities do northern residents have for participating in the decision-making and regulatory processes surrounding resource extraction projects? What do mining engineers need to know about the social, cultural, economic, political and legal situations of northern societies?