Mining Country: A History of Canada’s Mines and Miners

Event Date: 
Monday, May 30, 2022 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm EDT
Event Location: 
Thunder Bay Museum (25 Donald St. E.)
Event Fee: 
Free. Everyone is welcome.
Event Contact Name: 
Dr. Michel S. Beaulieu
Event Contact Phone: 
343-8010 ext 7928
Event Contact E-mail: 

The Department of History, Department of Geography and the Environment, and the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and Exploration invite you to join the authors of Mining Country: A History of Canada’s Mines and Miners, Drs. Arn Keeling and John Sandlos, who will discuss the history of mining in Canada and how the industry has shaped the country.

There are countless mining towns across Canada and each one has played an important role in mining history. Arn and John will talk specifically about how mining in Northern Ontario has shaped both local and national history.

This will be an in-person and virtual event.  This event will be recorded for rebroadcast later.

To register and find out how to take part virtually, go to

This event is brought to you by the Thunder Bay Historical Museum Society, Department of Geography and the Environment, the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Mining and ExplorationJames Lorimer & Co Ltd, and the Department of History.

Speaker Bios:

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.