The current perceived need to develop the North as quickly as possible, to extract all resources while unsettled treaty claims still exist, the mackenzie gas pipeline, off shore drilling in the beaufort sea, the northern passage no longer being frozen, international interests in the high arctic waterways, CanNor initiatives, Taltson Hydro Expansion, climate change, food security, changes to the environmental regulatory regime, devolution, missing caribou herds, caribou hunting bans, transboundary mega-uranium open pit mining projects, protecting the thelon, protecting the peel river watershed, protecting Tsan'kui Theda, protecting the watersheds in the north from the tar sands poison, northern social issues like poverty, etc.
I live in the "NWT" but I think this special issue should cover all of the northern territories like Yukon transboundary issues with Alaska, NWT, Nunavut and maybe some of the northern areas of provinces
why is the current federal government so interested in developing the north, for who's benefit? canada or foreign interests most likely... and how exactly are the people of the north benefiting from all of this new found interest? not at all, as most of the benefit goes to industry, etc. what will the people of the north be left with, already we are watching/monitoring as our caribou herds have disappeared, will all of our land, water, wildlife and traditional, cultural ways of life be destroyed forever?
1. Devolution 2. Protecting the North for the North (and the rest of the world) 3. some kind of map with all the activity going on past, current, future 4. Transboundary Issues and whatever else really, there are so many things to speak about regarding the North