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over time and in which we have invested most of our scholarly efforts. Campbell, Fenge &
Hason (2011) see this as an obsession with the political lens of Arctic academia, and perhaps in
this assessment they are correct.
Berger (2005, 2006) himself has argued only recently that the fact of land claim agreements has
not resolved the very real and complex issues that face northern communities in their assertion
to have some control over their own fate. The holding status of devolution for Nunavut is a case
in point. Development and its environmental impacts are important areas of fate control. The
way in which regulatory boards have been established, funded, also plays a role. The federal
government has not lived up to many of its solicitations, and as such this jeopardizes much
meaningful development discourse, development for which many indigenous and nonindigenous Northerners are anxious for. This, we believe, is an important topic in which
‘Canadianists’ should engage.