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In Russia, as in Canada, Native peoples are attempting to gain greater control over their homelands. In the last decade, legislation at both the federal and sub-federal (provincial, republican, etc.) level has sanctioned the transfer of land to Native 'possession', though not ownership, for the pursuit of traditional activities. This paper surveys the legislative basis that authorizes the creation of Native 'communes' (obshchinas) and their territorialization. After examining how the process works in theory, it examines the paths taken, and obstacles met, in establishing obshchinas in three Native communities in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-561
Number of pages17
JournalCanadian Geographer
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001

Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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