An Innu-Naskapi ethnohistorical geography of industrial iron mining development at Schefferville, Québec

Boutet, Jean-Sébastien (2012) An Innu-Naskapi ethnohistorical geography of industrial iron mining development at Schefferville, Québec. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the era of iron ore activities at Schefferville between 1954 and 1983, a major period in the postwar industrial development of subarctic Québec. Relying on oral and written sources, it seeks to understand the roles and actions of Innu and Naskapi individuals during this phase of large-scale resource exploitation conducted by the Iron Ore Company of Canada at the heart of their ancestral homeland. If the mining experience in Schefferville evolved in part to the detriment of the Innu and the Naskapi communities inhabiting the region, it is also shown that these groups worked to determine their own engagement with the industrial world, adjusting and maintaining their practices notably in order to combine the labour opportunities at the mine with their life on the land.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/6087
Item ID: 6087
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 284-298).
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography
Date: 2012
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Québec (Province)--Schefferville
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Iron mines and mining--Québec (Province)--Schefferville--History--20th century; Ethnohistory--Québec (Province)--Schefferville; Naskapi Indians--Québec (Province)--Schefferville--Social conditions--20th century

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