Security in Canada’s North Looking Beyond Arctic Sovereignty

The Conference Board of Canada, 44 pages, November 12, 2010
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This report examines three dimensions of security in the North—Arctic security, Northern security, and community security—in order to provide a more comprehensive picture of the security challenges in Canada’s North.

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There is a lack of knowledge about the threats and vulnerabilities within the various regions of the North, particularly in light of the increase in economic activity. We need to know more about the threats and vulnerabilities associated with the medium- and long-term consequences of climate change, industrial accidents and other man-made disasters on land and at sea, organized crime, terrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and natural disasters.

Security in Canada’s North: Looking Beyond Arctic Sovereignty examines three dimensions of security in the North—Arctic security, Northern security, and community security—in order to provide a more comprehensive picture of the security challenges in Canada’s North. The report argues that of the three principal concepts, community security is the relevant for Northerners, who see the community—rather than the individual, state, or the nation—as the most vital referent object of security.

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