Office: SN 2010
Telephone: (867) 333-0056
Dr. Arn Keeling (Department of Geography)
Dr. John Sandlos (Associate Professor, Dept. of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Dr. Anne Dance (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dept. of History, Memorial University of Newfoundland)
B.A. Major in Geography, Minor in Sociology
Mount Allison University
Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada
Asbestos Hill: Inuit Experiences with Nunavik's First Mine
Research Project Description
The Asbestos Hill Mine project looks at the history and cultural/environmental effects of the Asbestos Hill mine (near the present-day Raglan Mine and the Nunavik community of Salluit) that opened in 1972 and closed in 1984. The objective is to uncover the operational history of the Asbestos Hill mine in Nunavik, the environmental legacies it left, and the impact that it has had on local Inuit. This project will benefit the communities by adding to the historical knowledge surrounding the Asbestos Hill mine, such as its Inuit employment and the impacts of its closure and remediation on the area. This research is important because it is the first to be conducted on the Asbestos Hill mine and it will help with the understanding of contemporary issues and controversies surrounding mining in the North. The research findings will help bridge the gap in the understanding of past Inuit engagements with mining in the region.
Key research questions include:
What impacts have mineral exploration and development had on the Inuit communities in Nunavik?
What were the employment benefits of the mine to the Inuit population?
How did the Asbestos Hill mine closure and remediation impact residents of the area?
- Natural Resource Development
- Historical Geography
- Aboriginal and Northern Studies
- Socio-economic Impacts of Resource Development
Projects and Reports
Student Research Coordinator of the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) Atlas Project. January-April 2015.
Carney, J. 2015. Akulivik Report: Toxic Legacies of Mining Explorations. Chaire de recherche sur le développement durable du nord, Université Laval.
Creator and Project Coordinator of ReSDA's Humans of the North. 2014. Whitehorse, YT, Canada.
Carney, J. 2015. The Asbestos Hill mine: History and Legacy. 11th ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting, Vancouver, BC, December 7-11.
Carney, J. 2015. The Asbestos Hill mine: History and Legacy. 2015 ACUNS Student Conference "Due North: Next Generation Research & Leadership", Calgary, AB, November 5-8.
Carney, J. 2015. The Asbestos Hill mine: History and Legacy. Annual ReSDA Workshop, Kuujjuaq, QC, Canada, October 21-23.
CBC Yukon (Radio). 2016. Yukoner Studies Mines and Impacts in northern Quebec, February 2016.
Rogers, S. 2016. Picking apart the sordid back-story of Nunavik's first mine. Nunatsiaq News. January 15, 2016.
Awards and Distinctions
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Graduate Scholarship - Master's Program (2015-2016)
Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) Northern Resident Award - Graduate Level (2015-2016)
Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) Grant (2015)
Dr. Alan G. Macpherson Graduate Research Award in Historical and Cultural Geography (2015)
Current Memberships and Professional Associations
- Canadian Association of Geographers - Student Member
- Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic Network (ResDA)
- Knowledge Network on Environment Impact Assessment and Social Impact of Mining in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and Subarctic (Nunavik, Nunavut, and Eeyou Istchee)