Vanessa Potvin

Office: SN 2005
Telephone: 705-321-4705

Dr. Arn Keeling

Teaching Assistant, Fall 2017, Natural Resources, GEOG 2425

Previous Education
Bachelors of Environmental Science and Studies, Trent University (2017)

Title of Project
Improving Reclamation Strategies through Community-Based Research at the Raglan Mine, Nunavik

Research Project Description
In Canada, closure plans are required by law to be developed before operations begin. Within Quebec, all mining companies are to update the closure plan every five years to adhere to any changes that have occurred but to also deal with any concerns that have risen with regards to the mine being closed. It is thus the responsibility of the mining company to develop their own closure plan to meet social, economic, and environmental requirements. As the Raglan Mine is predicted to shut down in 2041, it wants to ensure it does so properly, meaning it will address the concerns from the community members of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq. As consultation with Indigenous communities is important to recognize and address the social and environmental impacts of mining, Raglan Mine wants to move beyond this process to the actual engagement with the Inuit community members in the closure plan. When Asbestos Hill site was closed in 1984, there was no closure plan in place, and steps have yet been taken to ensure the full and proper remediation of the site, creating environmental, social and health concerns for the nearby communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq. Raglan Mine wants to leave a positive impact to the communities by aiming to develop a closure plan that is accepted by both communities.
My research aims to investigate the involvement of the Nunavik Inuit communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq in closure planning for the currently operational Glencore Raglan Mine. Using interviews as the primary means of data collection, information will be gathered to understand what the main concerns are with regards to the future mine closure of Raglan, to include an Indigenous voice in the final plan.

Research Interests
• Natural resource management
• Remediation and reclamation
• Climate change
• Environmental policy
• Arctic environment and Indigenous rights


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