Author: Arn Keeling

Congratulations Amanda Degray, MA

June 15, 2020

Big congratulations to the final Toxic Legacies graduate student, Amanda Degray, on the successful examination of her MA thesis in April! Her thesis, completed with Yellowknives Dene Elders and knowledge-holders, explores “Indigenous Risk Perceptions and Land Use in Yellowknife.” Through a series of powerful maps and interviews, Amanda’s study provides comprehensive documentation of how historic… Read More

Guardians of Eternity at ICASS

June 5, 2017

Guardians of Eternity will be featured this week at the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) meeting at Umeå University in Sweden. ICASS is the main gathering of the International Arctic Social Sciences Association, held every three years. We presented a poster about the Toxic Legacies project at the last ICASS, held in Prince… Read More

Guardians of Eternity: now streaming online!

February 23, 2017

The Toxic Legacies project is pleased to announce that Guardians of Eternity, the documentary about the history and future of Giant Mine, is now freely available to stream online. Directed by Yellowknife filmmaker France Benoit and produced by ShebaFilms, Guardians of Eternity tells the disturbing story the Yellowknives Dene First Nation’s experience of contamination and… Read More

Article alert: Pollution and local activism at Giant Mine

November 30, 2016

One of the most important aspects of Giant Mine’s history is the long struggle against pollution (particularly arsenic) by Yellowknives Dene and other Yellowknifers. The Toxic Legacies project’s John Sandlos and Arn Keeling explore this history in a new article in RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society, a popular journal on environmental issues. It’s… Read More

Guardians of Eternity screening at Queen’s U.

October 27, 2016

Guardians of Eternity will be screened at Queen’s University in Kingston on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. The film will be co-presented by project partner Mary Rose Sundberg and researcher Arn Keeling. The follow day, they will also be presenting a public talk about the project. Here are the details: Thursday, November 10th –… Read More

Toxic Legacies featured on CBC

October 27, 2016

The work of the Toxic Legacies project was featured in a recent CBC Interactive feature on Giant Mine. The story traces the history and legacies of arsenic contamination around Yellowknife, and explores local reactions to this history. It also profiles recent scientific studies from the NWT Cumulative Effects Monitoring Program that, along with research by… Read More

Toxic Legacies on Cultures of Energy blog

September 15, 2016

The Toxic Legacies project was profiled by Maureen Haver on the Cultures of Energy blog of the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences at Rice University. “Regarding Giant Mine, the Canadian government’s plan for containment involves freezing the arsenic underground in perpetuity. Beyond the technical challenges, the question of how to… Read More

Arsenic warnings posted around Yellowknife

May 18, 2016

Edge YK posted this story recently about official warnings against swimming, fishing or drinking water from some local lakes, including the popular Frame Lake, around Yellowknife. “Frame Lake, Jackfish Lake and around a dozen other small lakes near the Giant Mine bypass road are not safe for swimming, drinking or fishing due to heightened levels… Read More

Toxic Legacies on “Rural Routes” podcast

May 9, 2016

John and Arn recently sat down with Bojan Furst, producer of the Rural Routes podcast, for a discussion of their work around abandoned mines and the challenges of remediation at Giant Mine. You can hear or download the podcast here.