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Mining Country

A History of Canada's Mines and Miners


Mining has had a significant presence in every part of Canada — from the east to west coasts to the far north. This book tells the stories of those who built Canada’s mining industry. It highlights the experiences of the people who lived and worked in mining towns across the country, the rise of major mining companies, and the emergence of Toronto and Vancouver as centres of global mining finance. It also addresses the devastating effects mining has had on Indigenous communities and their land and documents several high-profile resistance efforts.

Mining Country presents fascinating snapshots of Canadian mining past and present, from pre-contact Indigenous copper mining and trading networks to the famous Cariboo and Klondike Gold Rushes. Generously illustrated with more than 150 visuals drawn from every period of mining history, this book offers a thorough account of the story behind the industry.


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.

Chapter Title Abstract Contributors Pages Year Price


Introduction ; 8 $0.80


This chapter discusses the earliest examples of mining in Canada. These include examples of metalwork and extraction practiced by pre-columbian indigenous communities as well as the first … ; 24 $2.40


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, … ; 42 $4.20


This chapter discusses the peak of mining in Canada during the early 20th century. Topics discussed in this chapter include mining disasters that occurred during the early 20th century, the … ; 52 $5.20


This chapter discusses shifts in Canada’s mining industry in the past-war era. Topics discussed in this chapter include the history of asbestos mining in Quebec, the growth of mining in the … ; 40 $4.00


This chapter discusses mining in Canada at the end of the 20th century, and into the early 21st century. Topics discussed in this chapter include increasing resistance to new mines from … ; 26 $2.60


This chapter discusses abandoned mines throughout Canada and efforts to contain pollution and reclaim devastated land. ; 14 $1.40


Conclusion ; 4 $0.40