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Métis, natural resource management, environmental governance, power
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Politylo, Bryn
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Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology

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Recently northwest Saskatchewan has seen a rapid push towards large-scale development corresponding with a shifting political economy in the province. For the rights-bearing Métis people of northwest Saskatchewan this shift significantly influences provincial environmental governance, which affects the agency of Métis people to participate in natural resource management and decision-making in the region. To examine the agency and power of Métis communities in provincial natural resource management and decision-making, qualitative methods and a comparative case study of three Métis communities were used to analyze and interpret the social spaces that Métis people occupy in provincial environmental governance. The major finding of this study was that Métis people continue to feel powerless in terms of how natural resources are managed and also in terms of land use planning and future development of natural resources in the region. This finding corresponded with evidence from this study that the structure of provincial resource management in northwest Saskatchewan involves a ‘double diversion’, in which industry players such as large-scale corporations enjoy privileged access to resources in the traditional territory of the rights-bearing Métis.
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