Amanda Degray


Office: SN 2005
Telephone: 1(514)605-5774








Dr. Arn Keeling and Dr. John Sandlos

Research Groups:

Northern Mining Group
Toxic Legacies


Teaching Assistant, Fall 2015, Geographies of Global Change, (GEOG 1050)
Teaching Assistant, Winter 2016, Geographies of Global Change, (GEOG 1050)

Awards and Distinctions:

Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2016                                   McGill Research Internship Award, 2014

Previous Education:

BA Psychology (major), Geography (minor), McGill University (2015)

Title of Project:

Mapping Risk Perceptions of Mining Pollution in Yellowknife, NWT

Research Project Description:

Twentieth-century gold mining activities in Yellowknife, NWT had profound effects on the landscape and on the Yellowknife’s Dene First Nation's (YKDFN) traditional land-use activities. Mining operations fragmented the landscape in the Yellowknife region, an important area for berry picking, firewood gathering, fishing and hunting for the Dene. Although mining activities ceased in the early 2000s, historic mining pollution continues to affect the everyday lives of the First Nation. In particular, the YKDFN have raised concerns over the ongoing environmental risks of engaging in traditional land-use activities. As a way of addressing the unequal distribution of environmental harms, my research aims to document past and present land-use in the traditional territory of the YKDFN, and to demonstrate how environmental contamination changed YKDFN traditional land-use activities. In particular, my study intends to document how local environmental knowledge was used among the YKDFN to perceive and respond to environmental toxicity.


Degray, A. (2016). Mapping Memories of Mining Pollution in Yellowknife, NWT. Oceans, Arctic and Society: Moving the Conversation Forward (COASTS). St-John’s, Newfoundland. Institutional Conference. Poster Presentation.


Degray, A. & Miles, C. (2014). In the Shadow of Burning Hill: An Analysis of the Hydrological and Socioeconomic Impacts of the Cerro Quema Open Mine Pit. Panama Field Study Semester. McGill University.

Research Interests:

Natural Resource Development
Political Ontologies
Public Understandings of Risk


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