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Mining Country

A history of Canada's mines and miners

September 28, 2021 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9781459413535
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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.

About this Author

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 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.

ISBN: 9781459413535
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Published: 2021-09-28


"Mining Country will appeal to anyone who worked in mining or lived in mining communities, and will inform those interested in learning about the place of mining in Canada's history...the facts they present can't be found anywhere else between two covers, and those facts need to be known to help the sector evolve and move us ahead."

"This is not a traditional book about mining...[it takes] a very evenhanded, a very nuanced approach to mining, to the industry's place within Canada."

"Countless communities across this country have been shaped by mining...until now no one has really written a general history book about mining in Canada. So, they decided to fill the gap." 

"Sandlos and Keeling show that the history of mining is not just a story of technological triumphalism, while also demonstrating its essential and undeniable role in the function of our modern material lives."

"The book aims to provide "a general narrative of Canadian mining history" and that is where it succeeds. The reader quickly realizes how fundamental the search for, and mining of, metals and minerals has been to Canada's creation."

"A beautifully-illustrated, over-sized volume, Mining Country functions partly as a coffee table book...yet, its text does not conform to the rather simplistic, often upbeat narrative that typically appears in these kinds of books...Mining Country provides a compelling synthesis of Canada's mining history, accessible for the general reader and useful for scholars."

"The book includes many references, an extensive bibliography and 150 archived pictures and drawings showing mining, and the miners that carried out the work, from all regions of Canada, throughout the long history of our Industry. It is an ambitious project, and its text is clear and uncomplicated. It is well worth the time needed to read it and will amply reward the reader, even if they may not agree with all the opinions written in and between the lines."

"Mining is a huge part of what makes northern Ontario tick. There are a lot of books out there about individual mines or mining towns, but [Mining Country] takes a birdseye look at the entire country."

"The book sets out to tell the story of how mining and the search for mining minerals shaped the course of development and settlement and of course shaped the lives of the people who often lived and died under the thumb of mining interests."

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