Caitlynn Beckett


Office: CS 1017
1 (306) 491-2672


Dr. Arn Keeling

Research Groups



• Teaching Assistant, Fall 2015, Geographies of Global Change (GEOG 1050)
• Teaching Assistant, Winter 2016, Urban Geography (GEOG 3701)
• Teaching Assistant, Winter 2017, Cultural Geography (GEOG 2001)
• Teaching Skills Enhancement Program, September 2016-December 2016
• Teaching Skills Enhancement Program – Mentorship, January-April 2017

Research Assistantships

• Research Assistant, Memorial University, Northern Exposures Research Project: Mine Remediation Theory Project, September 2016 – December 2016.
• Research Assistant, Memorial University, Terre-Net Research Project: Raglan Mine Environmental Forum, Salluit Quebec, January 2017.

Guest Lectures:

• “Materialities of Waste,” March 29, 2017, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Geography, Geography 2001 (Cultural Geographies)
• Blue Box Seminar Series: “Rethinking Remediation: Mine Closure and Community Engagement at the Giant Mine, Yellowknife, NWT.” March 10, 2017, Memorial University, Department of Geography.
• “Remediation and Restoration Landscapes: Identity, Perspectives and Healing,” February 1, 2017, Memorial University, Department of Geography, Geography 2001 (Cultural Geographies)
• “Multiculturalism and Urban Aboriginal Communities: A Case Study of Saskatoon,” March 22, 2016, Memorial University, Department of Geography, Geography 3701 (Urban Geographies)



  • F.A. Aldrich PhD Fellowship
  • The Dr. Alan G. Macpherson Graduate Research Award in Historical and Cultural Geography (2017/2018)
  • Memorial University’s Recognition of Excellence (2016/2017)
  • SSHRC CGS Master's Award (2016/2017)
  • The Royal Canadian Geography Society's James Maxwell Human Geography Scholarship (Summer 2016)
  • Northern Science Training Program Award (Spring 2016)
  • Women’s Association of Memorial University, Graduate Thesis Scholarship (Fall 2015)

Previous Education

• BA International Studies (major), Biology (minor), University of Saskatchewan (2015)
• MA Geography, Memorial University (2017)

Research Project:

Substantial research has analyzed the social, economic and environmental effects of mines in northern Canada during their operational phases. After closure these mines do not simply disappear and without remediation they can bring about persistent environmental problems. Remediation itself can be dangerous due to the permanent containment of toxic materials and the mobilization of pollutants. Research on mine remediation has focused on its scientific and economic aspects; little is known about remediation as a political, social and environmental force. Recognizing this, my Masters research will asked: What are the wider social costs and benefits of remediation? Can local Aboriginal historical and ecological knowledge be used to assess and manage remediation plans? How can approaches to mine remediation be changed from a focus on site containment to an emphasis on community remediation? Through online archival study, literature reviews, key informant interviews and participant observation, I explored the case studies of the Giant Mine in Yellowknife, NWT. Going forward, my PhD research will expand on these ideas and will investigate the Cyprus Anvil Mine in Faro, Yukon and the Raglan Mine in Nunavik, Quebec. The Cyprus Anvil, or Faro Mine, is abandoned and, similar to the Giant Mine, is now a government liability. The Raglan Mine is still operating, as is planning for closure twenty years from now. Using these cases, my research will investigate how effectively local knowledge and community concerns are included in remediation planning; this is critical for understanding the broader issues of resource development and environmental justice across northern Canada. This research will benefit Aboriginal partner organizations and will contribute to a broader understanding of the social dimensions of mine remediation and the development of best practices for community engagement during mine closure.

Research Interests:

• Natural Resource Development
• Resource Management
• Remediation/Restoration
• Environmental Justice
• Community Development


Department of Geography

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Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000