Avoiding the Resource Curse: Indigenous Communities and Canada's Oil Sands

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Concerns about a resource curse in Canada have been raised in response to rapid growth in the petroleum sector in northern Alberta. In previous research, there has been little consideration of how symptoms of the resource curse are experienced and managed at a regional scale and by Indigenous communities. An analysis of effects and responses is offered using a natural, financial, human and social capitals framework. Without consideration of how to manage the symptoms of the resource curse, oil and gas activity is likely to further disadvantage Indigenous populations already living on the margins of Canadian society.




Parlee, B. L. (2015). Avoiding the Resource Curse: Indigenous Communities and Canada’s Oil Sands. World Development, 74, 425–436. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2015.03.004

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