Indexing the Canadian North: Broadening the Definition


Indexing the Canadian North: Broadening the Definition .” The Northern Review, no. 6 (1990): 21-37.


This paper won the Canadian Northern Studies Trust essay competition in 1990 and the accompanying Northern Studies Undergraduate Medal for Canada. At the time of writing, Northern Studies, as still a fairly new academic field, wrestled with the problem of definition. Where is "the North" that is the concern of this areal study. This paper aimed at summarizing the approaches that were being taken at establishing the border of the North. It presents three multi-factor or indexed methods of being precise about where the borders should be drawn. In the twenty years since this paper appeared, northernists are much less exercised by such matters, in part because actually looking into the North or studying the North around one is much more fun and certainly much more productive.

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