Book “Dän Hùnày – Our People’s Story“ is based on an oral history study, conducted between 2015 and 2019, with Frank Patterson, Betty Lucas, Jimmy Johnny, Walter Peter, Rose Lemieux, Catherine Germaine, the late Helen Buyck, Lena Malcolm, Donnie (Donald) Germaine, Bella Peter, Simon Mervyn, Nancy Hager and Margaret Ball. All thirteen participants are First Nation of Nacho Nyäk Dun citizens and reside in the small town of Mayo, in the Yukon Territory. Their accounts shed light on how Elders understand the influence of the extractive industry on their personal lives and their community in the present and the past. They provide information on approximately one hundred years of interaction with and involvement in the mining industry. The time period covered in these accounts ranges from roughly 1915, the time of the relocation to the so-called ‘Old Village’ or ‘Dän Ku’, until life today.
Authors: First Nation of Nacho Nyäk Dun Elders with Susanna Gartler, Joella Hogan, and Gertrude Saxinger
2019 published by First Nation of Nacho Nyäk Dun, ReSDA, Yukon College
ISBN 978-1-7750516-2-6. E-ISBN 978-1-7750516-3-3
Second special Issue of the Northern Review on Research from the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic 2018 – Issue #47 Dealing with Resource Development in Canada’s North Guest editor: Chris Southcott, Lakehead University Published: 2018-08-03
- Introduction: Dealing with Resource Development in Canada’s North (Chris Southcott)
- Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) Revenue Allocation Strategies for Indigenous Community Development (Thierry Rodon, Isabel Lemus-Lauzon, Stephan Schott)
- Lost in Translation? Exploring Outcomes of Nunavut’s Resource Development Training and Employment Policies for Inuit of Northern Baffin Island (Andrew Hodgkins)
- Mining Economies: Inuit Business Development and Employment in the Eastern Subarctic (Anteneh Belayneh, Thierry Rodon, Stephan Schott)
- Waste Management in Labrador and Northern Communities: Opportunities and Challenges (Catherine Keske, Morgan Mills, Laura Tanguay, Jason Dicker)
- Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) in the Yukon: Established Practice or Untravelled Path? (Emily M.W. Martin, Ben Bradshaw)
- Gendered Environmental Assessments in the Canadian North: Marginalization of Indigenous Women and Traditional Economies (Sheena Kennedy Dalseg, Rauna Kuokkanen, Suzanne Mills, Deborah Simmons)
- Inuvialuit Social Indicators: Applying Arctic Social Indicators Framework to Study Well-Being in the Inuvialuit Communities (Andrey Petrov)
- Community Based Participatory Research as a Long-Term Process: Reflections on Becoming Partners in Understanding Social Dimensions of Mining in the Yukon (Gertrude Saxinger, First Nation of Na-cho Nyak Dun)
details at https://fifo-guide.jimdo.com/
Guest edited by Chris Southcott
- Resource Development and Northern Communities – An Introduction Chris Southcott
- Understanding the Social and Economic Impacts of Mining Development in Inuit Communities: Experiences with Past and Present Mines in Inuit Nunangat Thierry Rodon, Francis Lévesque
- Northern Reclamation in Canada: Contemporary Policy and Practice for New and Legacy Mines Anne Dance
- Addressing Historical Impacts Through Impact and Benefit Agreements and Health Impact Assessment: Why it Matters for Indigenous Well-Being Jen Jones, Ben Bradshaw
- Mobile Miners: Work, Home, and Hazards in the Yukon’s Mining Industry Christopher Jones, Chris Southcott
- Gender, Critical Mass, and Natural Resource Co-Management in the Yukon Kiri Staples, David Natcher
- “Steering Our Own Ship?” An Assessment of Self-Determination and Self-Governance for Community Development in Nunavut Roger Ritsema, Jackie Dawson, Miriam Jorgensen, Brenda Macdougall
- Experiences of Opportunity in the Northern Resource Frontier Cynthia Amati, Brenda Parlee, Naomi Krogman
- Language, Distance, Democracy: Development Decision Making and Northern Communications Sheena Kennedy Dalseg, Frances Abele
ReSDA researchers, Arn Keeling and John Sandlos are pleased to announce the publication of the edited collection, Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics and Memory, part of the Canadian History and Environment book series published by by University of Calgary Press. The book features many contributors from the Memorial University-based Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada project, including a number of graduate student researchers. It is available for order from the usual outlets, but it is also an open access publication available from the press website, where you can download individual chatpers or download the ebook here.
This collection examines historical and contemporary social, economic, and environmental impacts of mining on Aboriginal communities in northern Canada. Combining oral history research with intensive archival study, this work juxtaposes the perspectives of government and industry with the perspectives of local communities. The oral history and ethnographic material provides an extremely significant record of local Aboriginal perspectives on histories of mining and development in their regions.
For more on our ongoing research into the toxic legacies of mining and the historical-geographical problems of northern contaminants, check out our project webpages linked above and follow us on Twitter, @abandondminesnc.
Papers and Articles
Suzanne Mills, Johanna Tuglavina, Deborah Simmons and Russell Claus. Food Security and Mining in Nunatsiavut. in Northern Public Affairs. Volume 5, Issue I. April 2017. pp 39-41.
Gertrude Saxinger and Susanna Gartler. A guide for mobile mine workers. in Northern Public Affairs. Volume 5, Issue I. April 2017. pp. 69-70.
David C. Natcher, Shea Shirley, Thierry Rodon and Chris Southcott, December, 2016. Constraints to Wildlife Harvesting Among Aboriginal Communities in Alaska and Northern Canada. Abstract Food Security Vol. 8(6): 1153-1167.
Chris Southcott, Frances Abele, David Natcher and Brenda Parlee. Nov. 6, 2016. What do We Need to Know about Extractive Resources in the North? article in the October 2016 issue of the Northern Public Affairs Magazine.
Lee Huskey and Chris Southcott. 2016. “That’s where my money goes”: resource production and financial flows in the Yukon economy.” The Polar Journal. Volume 6, 2016 – Issue 1. (Taylor and Francis Online)
Abstract: Staple theory is offered as an alternative to the resource curse for discussing resource development and sustainability in Northern regions and communities. Staple theory examines the money flows from resource development along the backward, forward, fiscal and final demand linkages to the local economy. Staple theory provides for more specific types of policy recommendations for affected communities. The staples approach is applied to the Canadian Yukon. A general overview of the Yukon’s historic resource development is presented. This is followed by an application of the staples approach to the recent Yukon resource boom.
Parlee, B. L. (2015). Avoiding the Resource Curse: Indigenous Communities and Canada’s Oil Sands. World Development, 74, 425-436.
Parlee, B. (2015). The Social Economy and Resource Development in Northern Canada. in Northern Communities Working Together: The Social Economy of Canada’s North. edited by C. Southcott. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 52-73.
Southcott, C. 2015 “Can resource development be good for Arctic communities? – The Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) Project” In Heininen, L et al. (eds.) Arctic Yearbook 2014: Human Capital in the North. Akureyri, Iceland: Northern Research Forum, pp. 487-489.
Chris Southcott. 2012. Can resource development help make Arctic communities sustainable. Northern Public Affairs Magazine. Spring 2012.
Chris Southcott, 2013. Resources, Arctic Communities and Sustainability: Towards a New Relationship. Abstract from the Arctic Science Summit Week April 13-19, 2013 (Session: Arctic People and resources opportunities, challenges and risks)
This 2 page summary provides an overview of the ReSDA program and lists the research projects and provides links to the project webpages.
- ReSDA Milestone Report to SSHRC (June, 2011)
- ReSDA Proposal to SSHRC (2010)
- ReSDA Brochure (2013)
- ReSDA Poster (2012)
- First Annual Workshop, Yellowknife, 2011 – Final Report
- Second Annual Workshop, Whitehorse, 2012 – Final Report
- Third Annual Workshop, Iqaluit 2013 – Final Report
- Fourth Annual Workshop, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, 2014 – Final Report
Summary Poster of ReSDA (June 2016) Research Posters
February 2016. Poster for the Northern Planning Conference.
Augmenting the utility of IBAs for Northern Aboriginal Communities. Ben Bradshaw. University of Guelph.
November 2015. Poster for the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) student conference held in Calgary, AB.
Asbestos Hill: Inuit Experiences with Nunavik’s First Mine. Jeanette Carney, Memorial University
May 9, 2019. Lunchtime talk: Making Resources Work for Arctic Communities: What we’ve learned from ReSDA. UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska Anchorage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRmVc0MR05M#action=share
- March 23, 2017. Yukon College Brown Bag Lunch Presentation
LACE – Labour Mobility and Community Participation in the Extractive Industry – Yukon. Gertrude Saxinger and Susanna Gartler.
- December 15, 2016. Presentation for Yukon Government representatives. Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic: Moving Forward.
- December 8, 2016. Presentation for Nordregio, Stockholm Sweden
- November 25, 2016. Aurora Research Institute Brown Bag Lunch Presentation by Chris Southcott, Aurora College, Yellowknife, NT. Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic: Research in the NWT.
- September 15, 2016. Resource Development and building capacity in Arctic communities. Convener: Chris Southcott for session 2.2 at the UArctic Congress 2016.
Abstract: Resource development is becoming more important to Arctic communities. In the past these developments have often resulted in an increase in environmental, social, and economic problems in the region. Increasingly new systems of governance and new forms of relationships between Arctic communities and industry mean that communities have a greater opportunity to use resource development to improve capacity and general well-being. Over the past five years a number of new research networks have arose to examine how best to ensure mining and oil and gas developments benefit rather than endanger Arctic communities. ReSDA, ArcticFROST, and the UArctic Arctic Extractive Industries Thematic Network and others have been working on this issue, often in partnership. This session is devoted to highlighting the results of this research.
Klyuchnikova, Elena. Collaboration between business, local authorities and science as instrument of building capacity in Arctic communities
Tysiachniouk, Maria. Oil extraction and benefit sharing in the illiberal context of the Russian Arctic: The case of the Nenets and Komi-Izemtsi indigenous people
Rodon, Thierry From Narrative to Evidence: Resource Development in Remote Inuit Communities of Canada
Lempinen, Hanna. Sustaining resource development, sustaining Arctic communities? The ‘social’ and the ‘sustainable’ in the Arctic energyscape:
Tabata, Shinichiro. Development of the Far Northern Regions of Russia
Zuevskaia, Anna. The International Energy Cooperation in the Barents Euro-Arctic Region: the Case of Oil and Gas Industry
Gololobov, Evgeniy. People and Nature in the North of Siberia in XX-XXI: ecology, economy and government
Arteau, Jean-Francois. Inuit Arctic Governance Model in Nunavik
Ivanova, Ksenia. Preservation of Territories and Traditional Activities of the Northern Indigenous Peoples in the Period of the Arctic Industrial Development
Oliounine, Iouri. Ocean Wealth and Value of Arctic Resources
Petrov, Andrey. “Second Wind” Resource Peripheries: Second Chance or Double Jeopardy?
Nygaard, Vigdis. How to secure indigenous capacity building in new industries?
- December 10, 2015. Yukon College Brown Bag Lunch Presentation by Chris Southcott.
Where do funds from resource development projects end up? Tracking social and financial benefits to communities. If you missed the presentation you can view at https://www.fuzemeeting.com/replay_meeting/b7298d81/7756310
- Presentation September 24, 2015: Brown Bag Lunch Session at Yukon College
Avoiding the “Resource Curse”: Coping with the slippery slopes of a mining boomConcerns for a “resource curse” economic pattern are common in many resource-rich regions and countries. Yukon has experienced many boom bust cycles with mining developments, a phenomenon that also affects housing markets, educational attainment and post-secondary education rates, and the viability of small business (e.g., tourism).
What are the symptoms of the “resource curse” and how can it be avoided and managed by territorial and regional governments? Building on research from the Resources and Sustainable Development in the Arctic (ReSDA) program, Dr. Parlee, one of the lead ReSDA researchers, will offer perspectives on how resource development can better contribute to the social and economic well-being of the region. Powerpoint presentationMissed Dr. Parlees’s talk? Click here to view a recording of her presentation.
May 22-26, 2014.
ReSDA hosted a number of sessions and presentations at the International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS) VIII that was held at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, BC . https://www.eply.com/ICASS Details on the sessions and presentations at http://resweb.res.unbc.ca/icass2014
- ReSDA on Vimeo – Filmmaker Kelly Saxberg has videotaped workshop presentations and interviewed people involved with ReSDA. These videos are available here.
- ReSDA on YouTube – Chris Southcott provides an introduction to ReSDA at the First Annual Workshop in Yellowknife (November 2011)
- Video recording of the 2012 workshop held in Whitehorse at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/research-and-sustainable-development