Vanessa Potvin

Office: SN 2005
Telephone: 705-321-4705


Dr. Arn Keeling


Teaching Assistant, 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 Participatory Research

Research Project Description

Remediation activities at Northern mine sites in Canada are greatly controversial, and are highly influenced by the availability of knowledge. Indigenous communities approach to the concept of risk involves local and Indigenous knowledge (LIK) which varies greatly from those approaches used by technical experts. Thus, risk perception and the communication of such, is critical for the proper development of a reclamation strategy. My research focuses on the Raglan mine, located in the Nunavik region of Northern Quebec, to develop strategies needed to better incorporate LIK into the reclamation project. Subsequently, I will be looking at what strategies are needed to improve communication about the risks and benefits of reclamation strategies between technical experts and Indigenous communities.

Research Interests

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


Department of Geography

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