Over the last thirty years, academic research tended to focus on some aspect of the Arctic or on those individuals who had a major influence on policies affecting the region.  At the core was a continuing interest in sovereignty questions.  An asterick* denotes archival research.

Subjects included:

  • Alaska boundary dispute*
  • Alaskan history
  • Arctic archaeology: Palaeo-Eskimos and Thule Inuit
  • Arctic explorations
  • Arctic sovereignty and international law
  • Arctic whaling and fur trade*
  • British-Canadian relations (1870-1945)*
  • Canadian-American relations (1898-1972)*
  • circumpolar comparative studies
  • climate change
  • Eastern Arctic Patrol*
  • government in Northern and Arctic Canada*
  • Greenland history
  • Inuit culture and their oral history
  • Inuit land claims and self-government
  • Inuit murder trials*
  • Inuit relocations to the Canadian High Arctic*
  • Klondike and Yukon Gold Rush
  • military activities in the Canadian Northwest and Arctic*
  • “Myth of the North” in Canadian identity
  • Northwest Territories Council (1920-1960)*
  • NWMP and RCMP in the Arctic*
  • oil, gas and mineral development in the Arctic
  • Permanent Joint Board on Defence*
  • Second World War and Cold War in the Arctic*

One project still ongoing is a short history of early contact relations at Pangnirtung, based on Inuit oral history interviews that Shelagh video-taped in 1995 and had translated. These included stories about whaling, the fur trade, establishment  of the RCMP detachment and mission hospital.

As director of Forest Issues and Wildlife for the Pointe au Baril Islanders Association, Shelagh has carried out considerable research on forest pests in the Georgian Bay area and canine blastomycosis.

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