ArcticNet - ArcticNet Research

Phase 4 (2015-2018)

Mining Economies, Mining Families: Extractive Industries and Human Development in the Eastern Subarctic

Project Leader(s)

Schott, Stephan

This research project will provide a comprehensive comparative review and assessment of the economic and human development impacts of major extractive industries in the Eastern Subarctic region. The project will address gaps in follow-up studies of large-scale mining activities and will serve to construct an up-to-date, rigorous baseline that is indispensable for assessing, managing, and promoting the participation of Inuit jurisdictions in future extractive projects. The main goal of the project is to establish a mining economic impact evaluation method, adapted to the North, that serves to appraise the local economic benefits resulting from the operating mines in Nunatsiavut and Nunavik. Researchers will document, examine and interpret the experience of Québec-Labrador Inuit workers and entrepreneurs in relation to economic development and the regions’ mining sectors. Surveys will be conducted to assess the economic links and revenue flows between the Voisey’s Bay and Raglan mines and local households and businesses. The dynamics between the land-based and mining-based economies in Nunatsiavut and Nunavik will be investigated by analyzing households spending and employment behaviour. Based on the analysis, the project will aim to contribute to the development of sustainable mining policies for the Eastern Subarctic and for the Canadian North more generally. Contributes to IRIS: 4