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northwestern Alberta
Dene Tha'
social and cultural impacts
forestry impacts
disruption in place attachment
First Nations
environmental deterioration
cumulative effects
industrial development
Aboriginal youth
place attachment
Treaty 8
sense of place
northern Alberta
land use framework
gradual displacement
oil and gas impacts
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University of Alberta
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Spyce, Tera
Supervisor and department
Parlee, Brenda (Rural Economy)
Examining committee member and department
Bielawski, Ellen (Native Studies)
Parkins, John (Rural Economy)
Krogman, Naomi (Rural Economy)
Rural Economy

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Master of Science
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People living in the north have been and will continue to be affected by increasing exploration and exploitation of the region's natural resources. To understand the human impacts a qualitative approach and sense of place, place attachment, and disruption in place theories were used to analyze the experiences of young Aboriginal adults in a Dene Tha' community in northwestern Alberta. The major finding of this study was that the young people developed deep attachments to their place; however, environmental, social, and cultural changes have altered life here and as a consequence many of the young people no longer want to remain living in their community. The results suggest that the Dene Tha' are being gradually displaced and their homeland is becoming increasingly unable to sustain them or their culture. The findings also indicate that gradual environmental deterioration can lead to profound social and cultural changes that should be considered before land use decisions are made.
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