By Gurston Dacks
Six experts on northern Canadian concerns study the move of energy from the government to the governments of the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Land claims, aboriginal self-government, department of the NWT, the territorial governments' pursuit of fuller popularity in Canadian federalism and devolution all engage in complicated methods. This ebook makes the easiest experience of the advanced techniques underway within the Canadian north.
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As early as 1964 Ottawa had approached the provinces with proposals to devolve the administration of such programs while retaining the financial responsi28 Politics by Remote Control:... bility. 20 The question was revived in a more radical form with the White Paper of 1969, and its proposal that Ottawa terminate its special constitutional relationship for Indian peoples. The outcome is well known. Nonetheless if the administrative delegation of the NAB is considered against the devolution goals of the Indian program, it seems evident that Ottawa was able to accomplish in the Territories what it failed ultimately to do in the provinces: shift the delivery of all major programs for Indians to a single, sub-national authority.
All relevant functions for the management of federal crown lands and sub-surface resources were gathered together, first in the Resource and Economic Development Group of DIAND, and later in an enhanced Northern Economic Development Program headed by its own assistant deputy minister. It was this group within DIAND which provided sustained bureaucratic support 19 for the Mackenzie Valley Gas Pipeline and associated projects. Consequently, there were really two dimensions to Ottawa's position on devolution.
Although the forests are most relevant to the Council for Yukon Indians and the Dene-Metis claims (since most of the trees are in these geographical areas), devolution of responsibility for forest and fire management is relevant to the Inuit and Inuvialuit as well, for two reasons. First, the general well-being of the ecosystem is important to all northern residents; it is conceivable that future use of the forests could affect air and water quality in other parts of the North. Second, and more immediately, there is the matter of precedent.