Table of contents

Glossary of Key Mining Terms
A Note on Terminology
Summary of Key Locations and Characteristics of Case Study Mining Sites

Introduction: The Complex Legacy of Mining in Northern Canada
Arn Keeling and John Sandlos

Section 1: Mining and Memory

From Igloo to Mine Shaft: Inuit Labour and Memory at the Rankin Inlet Nickel Mine
Arn Keeling and Patricia Boulter

Narratives Unearthed, or, How an Abandoned Mine Doesn?t Really Abandon You
Sarah M. Gordon

"It?s Just Natural:" First Nation Family History and the Keno Hill Silver Mine
Alexandra Winton and Joella Hogan

Gender, Labour, and Community in a Remote Mining Town Jane Hammond

"A Mix of the Good and the Bad:" Community Memory and the Pine Point Mine
John Sandlos

Section 1: History, Politics, and Mining Policy

The Revival of Quebec?s Iron Ore Industry: Perspectives on Mining, Development and History
Jean-Sebastien Bouttet

Indigenous Battles for Environmental Protection and Economic Benefits during the Commercialization of the Alberta Oil Sands, 1967-1986
Hereward Longley

Uranium, Inuit Rights, and Emergent Neoliberalism in Labrador, 1956-2012
Andrea Procter

Privatizing Consent? Impact and Benefit Agreements and the Neoliberalization of Mineral Development in the Canadian North
Tyler Levitan and Emilie Cameron

Section 3: Navigating Mine Closuer

Contesting Closure: Science, Politics, and Community Responses to Closing the Nanisivik Mine, Nunavut
Scott Midgley

"There Is No Memory of It Here:" Closure and Memory of the Polaris Mine in Resolute Bay, 1973-2012
Heather Green

Liability, Legacy , and Perpetual Care: Government Ownership and Management of the Giant Mine, 1999-2015
Kevin O?Reilly

Notes on Contributors


An examination of historical and contemporary social, economic, and environmental impacts of mining on Aboriginal communities in northern Canada.


  • Winner, CSN-REC Best Edited Collection in Canadian Studies 2016


Mining and Communities raises key questions about the value of minerals to contemporary society in light of their impacts on community economics and the environment… This book should also be praised as a model of collaborative scholarship and research mobilization… This is a solid compilation that brings Indigenous voices and interests to the forefront.

- Susan Roy, Oral History Forum d’histoire orale

Intertwining historical research with an impressive collection of oral histories, Mining and Communities in Northern Canada successfully amplifies the voices of First Nations communities that have been routinely left voiceless in mining history and in policy decisions regarding mineral exploration and development…Mining and Communities in Northern Canada is an important collection of meaningful scholarship, and its success beckons for further historical and ethnographic studies of the challenges faced by indigenous communities with mineral development and closure. Its case studies provide an historic context to the effects of industrialization and abandonment on mineral-dependent communities, research that should influence contemporary policy decisions regarding mining in Canada and elsewhere. Thus, this is a welcome addition to the field of environmental history, applied anthropology, and historical geography, and should serve as a jumping-off point for future studies exploring the historical negotiations between indigenous communities, mining companies, policy makers, and the broader political ecology of remote resource extraction.

-John Baeten, Michigan Technological University