Following the Veins of the Earth: Reading Resource Extraction in Circumpolar North

Peter Loovers

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The Peel River Watershed in the Canadian Circumpolar North has become the arena of contentious resource initiatives and land use planning. Allegedly hosting one-third of North America's iron-ore, amongst other mineral deposits, and considered to be a world renowned wilderness, the Peel River Watershed - the traditional land of the Teetl'it Gwich' in - is of great interest and importance to a wide variety of stakeholders. The land use planning, thus, is politically sensitive and challenging. Building on extensive fieldwork with Teetl'it Gwich'in, this paper will place these initiatives in historical context and argues for a closer understanding of the relationship between poetics, well-being, memory, and land. More specifically, the paper argues for a more thorough attention towards the different ways of reading life by respectively indigenous peoples, mining industries, environmentalists, and others.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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