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Chapter 2

Mining from Colony to Nation


From: Mining Country


This chapter discusses mining in Canada throughout the 19th century. Topics discussed include coal mining in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and the Yukon gold rush. The authors discuss the political, economic and social forces that were involved in Canadian mining during this period.



John Sandlos

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

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.