Fonds - Canadian Arctic Resources Committee fonds

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Canadian Arctic Resources Committee fonds

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  • 1971-2009 (Creation)
    Canadian Arctic Resources Committee

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49.89 m of textual records

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(1971 -)

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As a citizens’ organization based out of Ottawa, the Canadian Arctic Resources Committee (CARC) exists to promote the long-term environmental and social welfare of northern Canadian regions and their inhabitants. The CARC was established in 1971 in direct response to the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline proposal and the Berger Inquiry. Apart from advocating for the sustainable development of these regions, the CARC has also been foundational in negotiating an international treaty on toxic chemicals and at ensuring thorough environmental assessments for Canadian diamond mines. Since the CARC is directed by a volunteer board and receives no government funding for core operations, it relies on donations and grants to operate.

CARC does not receive any government funding for core operations, relying on donations and grants to carry out their work. CARC is directed by a volunteer board, and an advisory committee composed of northern residents, scientists, experts, business people, and others. In 2015 the Yellowknife office closed and CARC now operates out of its Ottawa, Ontario office.

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The fonds contains general and board meeting minutes and correspondence as well as CARC publications, reports, journals, papers, and newsletters. A large portion of the collection contains correspondence and policy notes on the development of various programs and initiatives, including Aboriginal affairs and land claims, Environment Canada, the Northern Resource Workers Programme/COPE, the Alaska Native Review Commission, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), Artic and Beaufort Sea studies, the Environmental Assessment Review Panel (EARP), the National Symposium on the North in the 1980s, the Arctic Environment Strategy/Green Plan, and the Rafferty-Alameda, James Bay, Great Whale and Conawapa projects among many others.

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  • Shelf: Room 1-124 Shelf 17-1-1