Understanding Mine Remediation

Giant Mine 2009 078Efforts to clean up the arsenic at Giant Mine have been ongoing since the late 1990s. The many studies, reports, hearings, and the recent environmental assessment  have generated a massive archive of material about the issues surrounding mine remediation. What can we learn from efforts to remediate up one of the worst toxic sites in Canada? What does the Giant Mine experience tell us about community involvement, the importance of indigenous knowledge, and the role of history and memory in current mine remediation controversies? Tracing the history of the Giant Mine remediation project can address these and many other important questions. Working under the supervision of Professor John Sandlos at Memorial, a history MA student will delve into the massive paper trail created by the remediation project, and as what we can learn from the process.