2050, Paris n'est plus qu'un torrent de violences, le terrain de jeu de fanatiques déchus. L'air n'est plus respirable. Les hologrammes ont remplacé les hommes. Le travail n'est plus que le privilège de quelques-uns. Sous l'hégémonie de Dame Consommation, il est devenu interdit de fabriquer et réparer.
Ce livre est un signal d'alerte. Il est futuriste sans être fantaisiste. Un livre terrifiant de vérités aux premières pages et saisissant d'espoir aux dernières. Un très beau roman d'anticipation, empli d'humanité. Un bel appel au vivre ensemble et au retour à l'autosuffisance.
The creation of the Nunavik is a major step forward, both for the Province of Québec and its Inuit population. Not only does it underline the recognition of the Inuit people and their identity but it also stresses the importance of discussing some fundamental issues regarding the emancipation of the Inuit, their empowerment, the development and management of the northern resources of Québec, and the protection and conservation of the fragile Nordic ecosystems. Rich in culture and scenery, Nunavik has identified tourism as one of the main and best suited avenue for economic development. But before Nunavik can truly enjoy the benefits of a well established tourism "industry", many challenges need to be met. The development of tourism in a new destination is not only challenging but it requires human efforts, political and economic will over a large amount of time without much guaranties as to what will work or not. It is in this context that in August 2008, the members of the newly created International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN), including researchers from around the world, came to Kangiqsujuaq, Nunavik - the northernmost part of Québec, to discuss how tourism can play a role in regional development. The collection of articles presented here is the result of the coming together of these polar tourism researchers. Such a book does not claim to address ail issues facing the polar destinations. It is nevertheless a base for reflection. Like Nunavik, many of the new emerging regions of the circumpolar world are experimenting with new powers and responsibilities. For scientists, this is an excellent time to assist with the experiences that have been well documented from other Northern, Arctic and polar regions. For the tourism industry, including officiais, this book is meant to offer a range of perspectives on how challenges can be met and how solutions can be implemented for the benefit of ail local interests.
Alain A Grenier is a professor of nature-based tourism and sustainable development and head of the Masters degree programme in tourism development at the Department of Urban Studies and Tourism, Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG-UQAM). He is one of the founders of the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN) and current editor of the academic journal of tourism, Téoros. Dieter K Müller is a professor of cultural geography at the University of Umea (Sweden). He is also a board member of International Geographical Union's Commission on Tourism, Leisure and Global Change and of the International Polar Tourism Research Network (IPTRN). Moreover he is a member of the Nordic Society for Tourism and Hospitality Research (NORTHORS).