The Yellowknives Dene and Arsenic

The Yellowknives Dene and Arsenic

The Yellowknives Dene maintain strong historical memories of the arsenic pollution that accompanied the opening of Giant Mine. Many elders recall people becoming sick or dying from drinking contaminated water in the early days of the mine. The mine also severely damaged the ecology of the Baker Creek Valley, cutting the Yellowknives off from an important berrying, hunting and fishing area. This project will present the Yellowknives’ perspective on arsenic pollution. This site will expand to include short videos, audio clips, photographs, timelines, maps and recollections from community elders. The website will also host educational material on the history of Giant Mine we are planning to develop for schools in the NWT (this was a recommendation from the recent environmental assessment). The website will help to preserve Yellowknives memories of arsenic pollution in their community. It will also tell the story of a now largely forgotten chapter in the history of Yellowknife’s gold boom and the development of northern Canada.

For more, see:

Giant Mine History Backgrounder

Giant Mine: Historical Summary