Amanda Degray is a graduate student in Geography at Memorial University. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University and received the McGill Arts Research Internship Award to research community perceptions of mining activities in rural Panama. Amanda’s current research falls within the broader Toxic Legacies Project, a research group examining the history of arsenic contamination at Giant Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Amanda received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Graduate Scholarship to document traditional land use change within the vicinity of the Giant Mine. In collaboration with the Yellowknive’s Dene First Nation, Amanda is mapping how mining contaminants led to the gradual loss of the Aboriginal
communities’ traditional hunting and harvesting grounds. By bridging GIS mapping tools with oral history, Amanda’s research illustrates a case of environmental injustice and the legacy effects of abandoned mines.