Alexandra Winton





Dr. Arn Keeling



Thesis Title

"Here today, Gone to Mayo": Community Adaptations to Mine Closure and Redevelopment in the Yukon.

Research Description

I will be working with the communities of Mayo and Keno City, both of which are located within the Traditional Territory of the Nacho-Nyak Dun First Nation, in the central Yukon. These communities have been shaped and impacted by nearly 100 years of silver mining in the Mayo region, including individual mining, large-scale corporate mining with several different operators, and many mine openings and closures.

My research will explore the historic and current social impacts of mine closure and re-opening for local residents, both First Nation and non-First Nation. Through oral history interviews, archival research, and community consultations, I hope to contribute to the understanding of community responses to mine development and closure in the Yukon. This work will contribute to Memorial University’s Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada project.

Research Interests

  • The Yukon
  • Oral History and Oral Tradition
  • First Nations and Self-Government
  • Mining History
  • The Circumpolar North


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