Sǫǫ ̀mbakwè K’egoɂǫ ̀: Where there’s mineral wealth

Environmental Monitoring, Historical Research

The Giant Mine Tłı̨chǫ Knowledge Project explores Giant Mine and Tłı̨chǫ life during the period of 1930 to 2004.

The project was funded by Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC). The initial intent of the project was to complete a report on the Tłı̨chǫ experience related to Giant Mine, collecting information about where Tłı̨chǫ lived and harvested resources. A portion of funding was used to train Community Researchers who could support Tłı̨chǫ research with Elders for this project and future work.

During the research Tłı̨chǫ Elders expressed that they wanted to share the environmental and lifestyle changes they experienced with the development of Giant Mine and other nearby mines, such as Con Mine. The final report and story map includes much more detail about the cumulative impacts of mining. The shared experiences of Tłı̨chǫ Elders revealed their understanding of how they and their relatives—many of whom live in Dettah and N’dilo—were and continue to be affected by Giant Mine. They also shared how the infrastructure—particularly the roads and the growing urban environment of Sǫǫ̀mbak’è—associated with the mines impacted their lives.

The final report, Sǫǫ ̀mbakwè K’egoɂǫ ̀: Where there’s mineral wealth, is available for download on the right.