Mining Country
A history of Canada’s mines and miners

By (author) Arn KeelingBy (author) John Sandlos

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An extensively illustrated history of mining in Canada — the towns, the workers, and the mines

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JOHN SANDLOS is a professor of history at Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a research focus on the history of abandoned mines in Northern Canada. He is the author of Hunters at the Margin and co-editor (with Arn Keeling) of Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics, Memory. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

ARN KEELING is a professor of geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland. His research examines the environmental legacies of abandoned mines, mine closure and remediation, and the social issues surrounding environmental contamination and its effects on northern Indigenous communities. He co-directed the Toxic Legacies Project with John Sandlos, conducting community-engaged research on the history and legacy of Giant Mine. He lives in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

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  • The first and only illustrated history of a major Canadian industry
  • Covers mining and mining towns from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island to Nunavut and Yukon
  • Highly illustrated, with archival photos of miners, mines and mining towns on every spread
  • Engaging, readable text aimed at general readers
  • Covers all aspects of mining activities, including environmental impacts, remediation, and impact on indigenous communities
  • Knowledgeable authors with on-the-ground familiarity with mining towns everywhere in the country

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Unpublished endorsement

"In Mining Country, Sandlos and Keeling have pulled together a vast amount of material on Canadian mining history, creating an engaging and often surprising story. Compellingly written and handsomely illustrated, Mining Country pays particular attention to Indigenous mining histories."

Unpublished endorsement

"Finally, a history of Canadian mining that tells the whole story, one that does not shy away from detailing the environmental damage done and the astronomical clean-up costs, or the efforts of Indigenous communities to secure often-promised but rarely achieved economic benefits. Anyone who cares about environmental justice needs to read this book."

Unpublished endorsement

"Canada is a mining nation. The economies of many provinces and some of our biggest cities are anchored in resource extraction. And yet few Canadians have any awareness of the immense influence of mining. Mining Country provides a much-needed primer on the impacts of this industry on the economy, environment, workers' health and Indigenous rights across Canada."