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 arsenic pollution from Giant Mine affected and continues to shape Yellowknives Dene land use in the vicinity of Yellowknife. You can read more about this portion of the Toxic Legacies project here.
Originally from Montreal, Amanda is now exploring life on Canada’s West Coast. She hopes to parlay her geography education, skills, and research experience into work in the growing land-use mapping field. We wish her the best of luck.