CFP: Remediation, Restoration and the Environmental Legacies of Extractive Industries in the North


Call for Papers for 2017 ICASS Conference: Umea, Sweden, June 8-12
Session Title: Remediation, Restoration and the Environmental Legacies of Extractive Industries in the North
Organizers: Dr. Arn Keeling (Memorial University of Newfoundland), Dr. Anna Storm (Stockholms Universitet) and Caitlynn Beckett (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
Deadline for abstract submission: December 16th, 2016

Across the North extractive industries, military installations and other large-scale industrial developments have left legacies of environmental damage that are only now being addressed. Such developments and the processes put in place to remediate or restore them have the potential to affect contemporary Arctic communities both physically and socially for generations to come. However, research on remediation tends to focus primarily on its scientific and economic aspects and less is known about remediation as a political, social, and environmental force. This session seeks to bring together perspectives and comparisons of circumpolar approaches to remediation and restoration. Although remediation and restoration is often seen as a technical process, this session will focus on the social dimensions of mine closure, remediation, healing and reconciliation in the North, including community involvement, consultation and governance throughout such processes.

With numerous abandoned industrial sites across the North, as well as an increasing number of new resource developments, we hope to bring people together to analyze closure and remediation practices at the social and political levels and to assess possible improvements in planning processes in order to ensure environmental justice for local communities (see the attachment for a list of relevant literature).

Possible topics/papers may include, but are not limited to:

×        What is the ‘state’ of remediation planning across the circumpolar Arctic?

×        How are environmental legacies of contamination being understood and dealt with across the North?

×        How can remediation be defined? What are the different values, expectations, and perspectives of remediation?

×        What guidelines, policies, processes etc. exist to help guide closure and remediation? How have such processes changed?

×        How can communities navigate the technical and social implications of closure, abandonment, contamination and remediation?

To submit an abstract, visit the ICASS 2017 website (listed below) and click on the tab for Themes, Sessions and Submissions. This session is listed under the Resource Development and Extractive Industries theme. Papers can be submitted by hitting the green ‘submit’ button on this theme page. If there are any problems, feel free to email me (



  • Dance, Anne. “Northern Reclamation in Canada: Contemporary Policy and Practice for New and Legacy Mines.” The Northern Review 41: 41-80, 2015.
  • Gardiner, E., W.R. Cowan, G. Tremblay and C. Hogan. “Managing long-term orphaned mines liabilities: exploring the relinquishment of closed sites.” Presented at the Mine Closure conference, Vancouver, 2015.
  • Gray-cosgrove, Carmella, Max Liboiron, and Josh Lepawsky. “The Challenges of Temporality to Depollution and Remediation.” A.P.I.EN.S 8, 2015.
  • Keeling, Arn, and John Sandlos. “Aboriginal communities, traditional knowledge, and the environmental legacies of extractive development in Canada.” The Extractive Industries           and Society 122: 1-10, 2015.
  • Keeling, Arn and and John Sandlos. Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics and Memory. Calgary: University of Calgary             Press, 2015.
  • National Orphaned and Abandoned Mines Initiative (NOAMI), (2003), Lessons Learned: On Community Involvement in the Remediation of Orphaned and Abandoned Mines.
  • Rixen, Annabel, and Sylvie Blangy. “Life after Meadowbank: Exploring Gold Mine Closure      Scenarios with the Residents of Qamini’tuaq (Baker Lake), Nunavut.” The Extractive           Industries and Society 3: 297–312, 2016.
  • Roberts, Steve, Marcello Veiga and Carlos Peiter. Overview of Mine-closure and Reclamation in the Americas: Executive Summary. Vancouver: Mine-closure and Reclamation Bibliographic Database Project, 2000.
  • Storm, Anna. Post-industrial Landscape Scars. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
  • Voyles, Traci Brynne. Wastelanding: Legacies of Uranium Mining in Navajo Country. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2015.
  • Valiela, Diana and Christopher Baldwin. Dealing with Mining Legacy: Some Canadian Approaches. Lawson Lundell LLP, 2007.
  • Wenig Michael and Kevin O’Reilly. The Mining Reclamation Regime in the Northwest Territories: A Comparison with selected Canadian and U.S. Jurisdictions. Prepared for the Canadian Institute of Resource Law and the         Canadian Arctic Resources            Committee, 2005.
  • Worrall, R., Neil, D., Brereton, B., and Mulligan, D. “Towards a sustainability criteria and         indicators framework for legacy mine land.” Journal of Cleaner Production 17: 1426-       1434, 2010.