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Oil and gas and the Inuvialuit people of the Western Arctic

Leo‐Paul Dana (GSCM‐Montpellier Business School, Montpellier, France)
Aldene Meis‐Mason (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand University of Regina, Regina, Canada)
Robert B. Anderson (University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand University of Regina, Regina, Canada)

Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy

ISSN: 1750-6204

Article publication date: 30 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

To learn how Inuvialuit people feel about the oil and gas activities on their land.

Design/methodology/approach

Interviews were administered to a stratified sample, on Inuvialuit land. Participants included: Inuvialuit elders; entrepreneurs; public servants; employees of the private sector; managers of oil companies; unemployed persons; housewives; the mayor of Inuvik; and the first aboriginal woman leader in Canada.

Findings

It was reported that oil and gas industry activities are having a positive impact on the regional economy, creating indirect as well as direct financial benefits for the Inuvialuit among others. However, some residents qualified their support saying that they are in favour of continued activity only if benefits filter to them as opposed to being enjoyed only by oil companies and migrant employees. Concern was also expressed for the environment and for the threat that development brings to wildlife upon which people rely on as a food source.

Research limitations/implications

This study should have a longitudinal follow‐up.

Practical implications

While oil and gas exploration and the building of a pipeline may have economic advantages, this might have social, cultural and environment costs for the Inuvialuit.

Originality/value

The paper illustrates how oil and gas activities on Inuvialuit land will transform the lives of these people.

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Citation

Dana, L., Meis‐Mason, A. and Anderson, R.B. (2008), "Oil and gas and the Inuvialuit people of the Western Arctic", Journal of Enterprising Communities: People and Places in the Global Economy, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 151-167. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506200810879970

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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