Technology and planning in the North: Past, present and future
Before the Second World War, the northern territories of Canada were a sparsely populated frontier of aboriginal peoples, fur traders, miners and adventurers. Many ideas about the North were based on the Klondike Gold Rush and the stories of nineteenth-century polar explorers. Outsiders typically viewed the entire region as a land of ice and snow, occupied by subsistence hunters and gatherers. This perception was largely true.