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Nathan Cohen-Fournier

Graduate Student / Ukulele Player

I am a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Global Maritime Studies. I am currently focusing on local economic development in rural areas and collective entrepreneurship.

Over the summer 2016, I will work with the Kativik Regional Government (“KRG”), the Inuit governing body of Northern Québec, on a research project. The purpose of the project is to highlight the potential of local economic development in Nunavik.

Prior to graduate school, I worked for over four years at Bombardier Inc, a global manufacturer of planes and trains, in the Corporate Strategy Department. I graduated with a Bachelor in Finance from Concordia University in 2012 and completed the CFA designation. I was born and raised in Montréal, Québec.
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An Alternative To Commodity-Driven Development In Northern Canada

Combined with the dramatic crash in fox fur prices, significant changes in Canada's welfare system post-WWII left Northern communities in a state of dependence. Family allowances became the major source of income, adding pressure on Inuit communities to conform and "modernize" according to Western standards. By the 1960s, most Inuit abandoned their semi-nomadic lifestyle, some by force, to live in permanent settlements. This new way of life was in complete rupture with their past.
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