Northern Exposures Project

Description: The Northern Exposures: Science, Indigenous people, and Northern Contaminants project includes five co-investigators across Canada, examining various aspects of the environmental history and cultural politics of pollution and toxicity in Canada’s Arctic and northern regions. Project researchers and students will analyze the attempts of Aboriginal communities, scientific researchers, governments, and environmental groups to respond to the issue of toxics in the northern environment. Their research will trace the “pathways of exposure” through which contaminants have been mobilized in the northern environment, and consider how these flows co-produced “landscapes of exposure” in the Canadian North. The project team also aims to trace the connections forged by pollution between northern and non-northern places and actors, as well as with non-human actors—such as highly mobile chemical and biological contaminants and the environmental systems through which they move.

Key Words: Arctic, First Nations, Indigenous people, northern Canada, pollution, research, toxicity

Lead Organization Memorial University
Regional Focus Canadian North
Status On-going
Primary Contact Arn Keeling, Project Co-Leader

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