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MOOC | Northern Quebec: Issues, Spaces And Cultures

Please note: this MOOC is traditionally offered in English in the fall and in French in the winter. The information below is for the French edition offered in the winter of 2023.

This MOOC is an initiative of the Institut nordique du Québec (INQ).

This course offers an introduction to sociopolitical issues of Northern Quebec that is the ancestral territory of many Indigenous peoples. This course focuses on the understanding of northern community cultures, the place of these lands in our collective psyche, and the different perspectives of territorial development and sociopolitical evolution

This course is for anyone who has an interest in Northern Quebec and who wishes to learn about this territory, its history, societies and challenges.

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Course: From February 6 to April 7, 2023
Duration: 7 weeks
Work required: 4 hours/week
Registration: until February 24, 2023

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Module 1: Thinking the North: Between Imagination and Science
Module 2: Territory and Human Occupation
Module 3: Indigenous Peoples of the North: From Alliances to Subordination
Module 4: Ancestral Lands vs Resource Regions
Module 5: Identities, Cultures and Governance
Module 6: Northern Political Economy
Module 7: Which Development for the North


Thierry Rodon
Thierry Rodon

Thierry Rodon, Ph. D.

Thierry Rodon is an Associate Professor at the Political Science Department of Université Laval, and an adjunct Professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. He is also the director of the Centre interuniversitaire d’études et de recherches autochtones (CIERA) at Université Laval, and chief editor of the Études Inuit Studies journal. His main fields of activities are the northern policies and the community development. He then has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities and northern institutions. His work addresses a wide range of topics: education, renewable resource management, adaptation to climate change, policy development and evaluation, as well as community participation in environmental impact assessments. He was an editor for the series Life Stories of Nunavut Leaders and has published on Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and Eeyou Istchee. He also took part in the development and implementation of a public service certificate program for the Nunavik Regional Government.

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