Researching the North

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1943: CSSRC Canadian Northland Project

The Second World War increases the importance of the Canadian North in the minds of many, due to its natural resources and its geographical location. Because of this interest, the Canadian Social Science Research Council (CSSRC) decides to begin a project evaluating the North’s resources and geography. They receive a special grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to begin the study. While finding personnel to study the North is difficult, the council cooperates with researchers and institutions who are already interested in the region in order to complete the project. Their research is collected in The New Northwest, edited by C.A. Dawson and published in 1947.