Theme Five: Relationship of Living Conditions
Abstract: Governments have had a huge presence in the Arctic.
They have enacted and implemented policies intended to improve housing, health,
education, employment, local uses of resources, and to protect wildlife
resources and the environment. Native organizations are increasingly assuming
the role of outside government in developing and implementing policy. Have these
policies been effective? Have there been unintended consequences? As a first
step toward answering these questions, we can assess the variability of living
conditions among the major policy jurisdictions of the Arctic: nations, regions
and communities. Observed differences will invite comparative histories of
policies in the context of geographic differences in economic resources.