In 1967, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson gave Stuart Hodgson a mandate to bring self-government to Canada’s North. Over fifty years later, Canada continues to grapple with the challenges of accommodating constitutionally entrenched Indigenous rights within the federation.
A panel discussion with Dennis Patterson, Senator for Nunavut, Jake Ootes, author of Umingmak: Stuart Hodgson and the Birth of the Modern Arctic, and Gary Wilson, co-author of Nested Federalism and Inuit Governance in the Canadian Arctic:
how various models of self-government evolved in the Northwest Territories and three Inuit regions
how effectively these models incorporate Indigenous rights and values
lessons Canada and other Indigenous peoples can learn from this experience