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Northern Quebec: Issues, Spaces and Cultures

Dans cette formation en ligne ouverte à tous (MOOC), Thierry Rodon, professeur agrégé, propose une introduction aux enjeux sociopolitiques du Nord du Québec, territoire ancestral de plusieurs nations autochtones. Ce MOOC permettra de mieux comprendre les cultures des populations nordiques, la place de cet espace dans l’imaginaire collectif, les différentes visions de développement de ce territoire et son évolution sociopolitique. 

Cette formation s’adresse à toute personne ayant un intérêt pour le Québec nordique et qui souhaite connaître ce territoire, son histoire, ses sociétés et ses enjeux.

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Northern Quebec: Issues, Spaces and Cultures


This MOOC is an initiative of the Institut nordique du Québec (INQ), of which the three founding universities are the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Université Laval and McGill University.

This course offers an introduction to sociopolitical issues of Northern Quebec that is the ancestral territory of many Aboriginal peoples. This course focuses on the understanding of northern community cultures, the place of these lands in our collective psyche, and the different perspectives of territorial development and sociopolitical evolution.

This course is for anyone who has an interest in Northern Quebec and who wishes to learn about this territory, its history, societies and challenges.

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Course from October 7 to December 2, 2019


7 weeks


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4 hours/week


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Module 1: Thinking the North: Between Imagination and Science

Module 2: Territory and Human Occupation

Module 3: Indigenous Peoples of the North: From Alliances to Subordination

Module 4: Ancestral Lands vs Resource Regions

Module 5: Identities, Cultures and Governance

Module 6: Northern Political Economy

Module 7: Which Development for the North




Thierry Rodon, Ph. D.

Thierry Rodon is an Associate Professor at the Political Science Department of Université Laval, and an adjunct Professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. He is also the director of the Centre interuniversitaire d’études et de recherches autochtones (CIERA) at Université Laval, and chief editor of the Études Inuit Studies journal. His main fields of activities are the northern policies and the community development. He then has extensive experience working with Aboriginal communities and northern institutions. His work addresses a wide range of topics: education, renewable resource management, adaptation to climate change, policy development and evaluation, as well as community participation in environmental impact assessments. He was an editor for the series Life Stories of Nunavut Leaders and has published on Nunavut, Nunatsiavut, Nunavik, and Eeyou Istchee. He also took part in the development and implementation of a public service certificate program for the Nunavik Regional Government.




The Institut nordique du Québec (INQ) regroups Quebec expertise in major sectors of northern and arctic research applied to the sustainable development of the North.

The Institute is based on a major alliance between Université Laval, McGill University, the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and many other partners from the public, private and academic sectors, as well as Aboriginal communities living in Northern Quebec.

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