Pollution, Local Activism, and the Politics of Development in the Canadian North

Sandlos, John and Keeling, Arn (2016) Pollution, Local Activism, and the Politics of Development in the Canadian North. RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society, 2016 (4). pp. 25-32. ISSN 2190-8087

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Abstract

This article addresses the often ignored history of Indigenous responses to environmental pollution. Focusing on resistance to arsenic pollution from Giant Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories, Sandlos and Keeling explore how Indigenous communities mobilized knowledge around environmental pollution, conducting their own studies when government research minimized or ignored their concerns about the health impacts of pollution, participating in public hearings, and continuing to push for research into the long-term health effects even after the mine closed. The authors show how this resistance to environmental racism is connected to other Indigenous struggles over industrial development and to issues such as land claims, sovereignty, and colonial dispossession.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12364
Item ID: 12364
Keywords: activism, resistance, water pollution, air pollution, environmental justice, indigenous peoples
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > History
Date: 2016
Date Type: Publication
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Clapperton, JonathanUNSPECIFIED
Piper, LizaUNSPECIFIED
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