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Native Land Use and Common Property: Whose Commons?

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dc.contributor.author Hrenchuck, Carl
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-18T20:26:15Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-18T20:26:15Z
dc.date.issued 1993 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/8178
dc.description.abstract "From the perspective of southern Canada, northern native land use is commonly seen as taking place in a 'wilderness' setting. In a legal framework, much of the harvesting activity is seen to occur on 'unoccupied Crown land'. The resources involved are often seen as common property. The purpose of this paper is to contrast these viewpoints with data obtained from a land use and occupancy study of a Cree community in northern, subarctic Manitoba. Community land use is demonstrated in collective maps trapping travel, of prime areas significant to wildlife harvest, and of preferred commercial fishing sites. Current South Indian Lake land use covers an area of approximately 35,000 km. This land use tends to refute notions of 'wilderness' and the connotation of 'unused' which accompanies the legal term 'unoccupied.' the public's sense of resources is that of common property (res publica), the community's is that of communal resources (res communis). The facts of use and occupancy, and the divergent perceptions of common property resources must be recognized in management structures. Comprehensive comanagement of resource areas and payment of royalties from resource rents to aboriginal governments may provide means of addressing the facts of traditional land use and occupancy. From a community standpoint, these lands are not 'wilderness', but 'home'. The majority of respondents envisioned a viable lifestyle continuing the use of the resources of the land in the future, if in an altered manner. The community furthermore considered the resources as those of the community, and not property common to the general population." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject co-management en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.subject resource management en_US
dc.subject mapping en_US
dc.subject Cree (North American people) en_US
dc.title Native Land Use and Common Property: Whose Commons? en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country Canada en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Common Property Conference, the Second Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates September 26-30 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Winnipeg, Canada en_US

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