Nature’s Past – Episode 3: Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories

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Nature’s Past Episode  03 – click to play | right click, ‘save as’ to download

We turn our attention northward in this month’s episode with an extended interview with John Sandlos, author of the award winning book Hunters at the Margin: Native People and Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories. Professor Sandlos discusses how he came to write this book and explores some of his main argument regarding Canadian federal wildlife conservation policies in the Northwest Territories. This book makes a persuasive argument about the relationship between wildlife conservation and the colonization of Canada’s sub-arctic and arctic regions. Sandlos challenges previous literature on the history of wildlife policy in Canada by considering the implications for Native people in the Canadian North.

Works Cited:

  • Cruikshank, Julie. “Do Glaciers Listen? Local Knowledge, Colonial Encounters & Social Imagination.” Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005.
  • Dick, Lyle. “Muskox Land: Ellesmere Island in the Age of Contact.” Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2001.
  • Piper, Liza. “The Industrial Transformation of Subarctic Canada.” Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009.
  • Sandlos, John. “Hunters at the Margin: Native People and Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories.” Vancouver: UBC Press, 2007.

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Other Contributor(s): 
  • John Sandlos

Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 3: Wildlife Conservation in the Northwest Territories.” Nature’s Past. 16 February, 2009.

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Sean Kheraj is the director of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and associate dean of programs in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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