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Task Force Student wins national award for research paper on Québec’s Arctic Policies

Tulder and Ferland
Nicholas with Luc Ferland, Member of Parliament for Ungava, Parti Québécois, Chair of the Committee on Institutions and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Natural Resources (Northern Affairs file). Nicholas served as Monsieur Ferland's host during our Task Force research trip to Québec City (Québec City, January 2013).

November 1, 2013

Nicolas Van Tulder, International Studies major, was just awarded the Martin Lubin Undergraduate Award in the Social Sciences for his paper on Québec Arctic policy. He is the first recipient of this new award.

Van Tulder’s research paper, Le Québec Total: Creating a Unifying Vision for Northern Development (Un Plan Pour Tous) argues for the creation of a new vision for northern development in Québec based an understanding of Québec that includes both regions. Van Tulder compares the northern strategies of both the Government of Québec and the Inuit in Nunavik to define the diverging agendas of these two regions. He uses the work of renowned Québec geographer, Louis-Edmond Hamelin, to point out that Québec’s identity is indeed split with the south seeing itself as distinct from the indigenous north. Van Tulder uses the concept put forward by Premier Marois – un plan pour tous – to argue that Québec Arctic strategy must take into account the northern perspectives of the Nunavimmiut. The research paper was part of the course requirements for JSIS 495 Arctic Securities co-taught in Winter Quarter 2013 by N. Fabbi and J. Plouffe.

Van Tulder will be awarded on Friday, November 22, 7:00pm—9:00pm (Grand Salon E) at the biennial meeting of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States.

Read his paper here.

Task Force is the capstone course for the International Studies major. The first Task Force on Arctic Canada was offered in 2009. In Winter Quarter 2013, the Arctic Canada Task Force, “Arctic Securities,” focused on Québec’s role in the Arctic and received significant funding from the Government of Québec.