Knowledge Network on Environment Impact Assessment and Social Impact of Mining in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and Subarctic (Nunavik, Nunavut and Eeyou Istchee) (SSHRC)

This project is set in a context where the scope of the mining projects to be undertaken in the upcoming years in Nunavut, Nunavik and Eeyou Itschee is overwhelming. Yet, little is know so far on the socio-economic impacts of development. Furthermore, there used to be no knowledge network connecting communities, organizations, northern governments and researchers that would enable knowledge-sharing about potential social impacts of mining developments and impact assessment processes. This project seeks to bridge these gaps by developing a knowledge network that promotes the common production, sharing, and use of knowledge about mining developments among Inuit, Cree and university partners. This knowledge network will encourage the development of reciprocal ties between southern universities and northern partners, will increase Inuit and Cree organizations’ and northern government’s capacity to influence research design, and will give them a better access to data produced by academics.

The Knowledge Network on Environment Impact Assessment and Social Impact of Mining in the Canadian Eastern Arctic and Subarctic (Nunavik, Nunavut and Eeyou Istchee) is funded by Social sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

  1. Creating a knowledge network on Environmental Impact Assessment processes and social impacts of mineral exploration and extraction in Eeyou Istchee, Nunavut and Nunavik that will bring together Northern communities, Inuit and Cree organizations, and university researchers.
  2. Allowing communities and organizations to share information about mining development and EIA processes.
  3. Serving as a forum where researchers will share their work about mining activities and EIA processes with Northern communities as well as with Inuit and Cree organizations.
  4. Supporting ongoing and future research projects relevant with the social impact of mining development and EIA processes.
  5. Increasing the capacity of Northern communities, Inuit and Cree organizations during impact assessment processes.
  6. Contributing to the training of graduate students, Cree and Inuit researchers.
  • Dr. Thierry Rodon, Principal investigator, Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair, Département de science politique, Université Laval
  • Dr. Christopher Fletcher, Médecine sociale et préventive, Laval University
  • Dr. Arn Keeling, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Dre Mylène Riva, Médecine sociale et préventive, Laval University

Julie Fortin, PhD candidate, Laval University

PhD candidate in public communication, Julie is interested in Cree and Inuit communities’ influence within the evaluation and authorization process surrounding mining projects in northern Quebec, as well as their capacity to offer a free, prior and informed consent. She holds a master degree in public communication from Laval University. Her master’s thesis focused on the communication between Hydro-Québec and the Innu communities in the context of La Romaine hydroelectric project and more specifically on the Innu’s concerns regarding consultations, negotiations and the project’s impacts.

Jeanette Carney, Masters candidate, Memorial University

Jeanette Carney has just completed its master thesis. Her research was on "The Asbestos Hill Mine: History and Legacy" project, which was looking at the history and the cultural/environmental effects of the inactive Asbestos Hill mine. The mine operated between 1970 until 1984 and was located in Nunavik, near the present-day Raglan Mine and the Nunavik community of Salluit. It was the first mine in Nunavik. The objective of here thesis was to uncover the operational history of the Asbestos Hill mine in Nunavik, the environmental legacies it left, and the impact that it has had on the Inuit population.  This project will benefit the communities by adding to the historical knowledge surrounding the Asbestos Hill mine, such as its Inuit employment and the impacts of its closure and remediation on the area.

Jeanette Carney wrote her report on the impacts of mining exploration on the communities of Akulivik and Puvirnituq, the report is available on the Chair website.

Jonathan Blais, Masters candidate, Laval University

Jonathan Blais finished his master thesis on the social impacts of the Raglan Mine in Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq (in french only).

Julien Keller, Masters candidate, Laval University

  • Launch of the database "Northern Voices in Environmental Impact Assessment", developed by Christopher Fletcher
  • The chair has obtain a grant from the SSHRC for an international network on the mining impacts, the MinErAL Network. The works of the Knowledge network will thus continue inside of this larger network.
  • A third meeting of the steering committeee was held on January 21st, 2016.
  • On september 19th 2014 (video) and on september 23rd 2014 (video), Thierry Rodon presented the work of the Chair at the public hearings on Uranium exploitations organised by the BAPE
  • 3rd AGM of the Mining Network, on october 30th 2014 in Québec
  • 2nd AGM of the Mining Network, on october 10th 2013 in Iqaluit
  • 1st AGM of the Mining Network, and Colloque on Mining developpement and inuit and cree communities, held during the 81st ACFAS congress, on May 8th, 2013 in Quebec

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