This article argues that a complete understanding of racial, social, and environmental inequities associated with historical mining activities in Canada’s northern territories requires a conceptual blend of perspectives from environmental justice and political ecology. It sketches the lineaments of large-scale mining development in the Canadian North, followed by a brief discussion of the applicability of perspectives from environmental justice and political ecology. It concludes with a call for a ‘‘historical political ecology’’ which considers the importance of regional political economies and histories of colonialism in framing how environmental injustice is understood, experienced, and contested in aboriginal communities.
Published in: Environmental Justice, v.2, no.3, 2009, pp. 117-125.