Northern and Arctic Security and Sovereignty: Challenges and Opportunities for a Northern Corridor
P. Whitney Lackenbauer and
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P. Whitney Lackenbauer: Trent University
Katharina Koch: University of Calgary
SPP Research Papers, 2021, vol. 14, issue 20
KEY MESSAGES â€¢ Key issues related to Canadaâ€™s security and defence agenda, which involve critical and essential infrastructure development, must be considered in the development and implementation of a Canadian Northern Corridor (CNC). â€¢ Canadaâ€™s northern and Arctic security and defence agenda is related to several key policy domains that are relevant from a CNC perspective. These include infrastructure development, climate change, Indigenous sovereignty and natural resource development. â€¢ A CNC will gain international attention and be internationally recognized as a strategy for Canada to assert its sovereignty over its Arctic territory, including the internationally disputed Northwest Passage. â€¢ The CNC advocates for the inclusion and participation of Indigenous communities. Thus, Indigenous Peoples will also carry a significant role in the monitoring and surveillance of accessibility within and to the North, improved through enhanced infrastructure development. â€¢ Canadaâ€™s investments in Arctic defence infrastructure are modest compared to those of its Russian and American neighbours. A CNC, potentially adding strategically important infrastructure in the Canadian North, will directly tie into the discourse of Arctic security and power relations. â€¢ In addition to natural disasters, the Canadian North is at significant risk of human-made disasters that pose serious prospective challenges for northerners and for federal and territorial governments. The CNC will likely foster the development of surveillance and monitoring assets. â€¢ The CNC rights-of-way could trigger security concerns regarding the impact of foreign investment as a security threat, especially if natural resource development is coupled with the development of strategic transportation hubs, such as ports along the coast of the Arctic Ocean. â€¢ CNC transportation infrastructure would also become a part of Canadaâ€™s defence strategy as it forms a potential key asset in the defence and safeguarding of Canadaâ€™s northern and Arctic regions. â€¢ Future research should identify the role of dual-use infrastructure (infrastructure that satisfies both military and civilian purposes) in the CNC context and also examine to what extent security and defence stakeholders should be involved in the CNCâ€™s planning and implementation.
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