Present day community life is much different. Essential values of our society have had to adapt to many new circumstances, some economic, some social and some in response to the new political structures found in each community. There are trucks, snowmobiles and an ever-increasing variety of small all-terrain vehicles driven by young and old alike. Since air travel and airfreight are essential, all communities have airstrips with up-to-date navigational aids. In addition we have modern stores to purchase imported foods and large freezers to preserve our own wildlife harvest. Most communities have a few roads and the skyline is interrupted by telephone poles, overhead wires, streetlights, and telecommunication equipment.

Our communities are governed by elected municipal governments with a mayor and council. Formal government is supported by committees established to oversee particular aspects of busy community life. Typically, there are committees for education, health, recreational and social services, and hunting, fishing and trapping. Churches continue to provide both spiritual leadership and support services designed to help parishioners cope with rapid cultural change.
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