Toxic Legacies Project

Description: The Toxic Legacies project examines the history and legacy of arsenic contamination at Giant Mine. The project is a partnership among researchers at Memorial and Lakehead Universities, the Goyatiko Language Society (a Yellowknives Dene First Nation non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the Weledeh language), and Alternatives North (a Yellowknife environmental and social justice coalition that conducts public interest research). The project is a response to the Canadian government’s Giant Mine Remediation Project to freeze arsenic waste underground, a project that has recently undergone an extensive environmental assessment. As a “Partnership Development” project (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), it also aims to communicate research results in a way that will engage the community of Yellowknife and the broader concerned public.

Key Words: First Nations, government, Indigenous people, industry, mining, research, toxicity

Lead Organization Memorial University
Regional Focus Northwest Territories
Status On-going
Primary Contact John Sandlos, Project Co-Leader

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