Meaningful consultation, meaningful participants and meaning making: Inuvialuit perspectives on the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline and the climate crisis




Pokiak, Letitia

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This Inuvialuit ‘story’ revolves around the Inuvialuit uprising and resurgence against government and industrial encroachment, and the self determination efforts to regain sovereignty of traditional territories. This ‘story’ also discusses how meaningful consultation made the Inuvialuit Final Agreement a reality, through which Inuvialuit land rights and freedoms were formally acknowledged and entrenched in the Canadian Constitution. Through meaningful consultation, Inuvialuit have become ‘meaningful participants’ in sustainable and future-making decisions of Inuvialuit nunangat (Inuvialuit lands) and waters, with respect to the Inuvialuit People and natural beings that Inuvialuit depend upon and maintain relationship with. As ‘meaningful participants’, Inuvialuit have the sovereign rights to “make meaning” and carve out a future as a sovereign nation within the country of Canada. This Inuvialuit ‘story’ is told with an informal framework through which it decolonizes academia, while also highlighting Indigenous voice through an Indigenous lens and worldview. The government and industry are called upon to meaningfully consult with Indigenous Peoples who have not only inhabited Turtle Island for millennia, but who have inherent Indigenous rights and freedoms, as Indigenous embodiment and well-being, and temporality and future-making are entangled with homelands.



land rights, land claims, Inuvialuit, meaningful consultation, meaningful participants, meaning making, entanglements, embodiment, well-being, temporality, future-making, food sovereignty, sovereignty, story, storywork, Indigenous, Indigenous methodology, Indigenous resurgence, Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Western Arctic Region, industry, government, climate change, Committee for Original People's Entitlement