THE HEALTH EXPERIENCE OF TWO COMMUNITIES ASSOCIATED WITH MINING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
The Nak’azdli First Nation and the municipality of Fort St. James are located in the Stuart Lake/Nak’al Bun area and are not unfamiliar to mining. These northern British Columbian communities have been associated with the historic Pinchi Lake Mercury mine and today are closely linked with British Columbia’s newest mine, the Mt. Milligan mine. Prior to the construction of Mt. Milligan, community health and social service providers were concerned about potential impacts that would occur from new mineral development activities. This concern has led to a partnership between the above communities and researchers with expertise in the area of mining and health. This paper describes: the current mining and health environment with a focus on British Columbia; mining trends in the Stuart Lake/Nak’al Bun area; the current community-based health research project funded by the Vancouver Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and; a suite of community-based health recommendations to mining companies on key issues to consider when developing projects near municipalities and Aboriginal communities in Canada, based upon one of the newest mines under development in Canada.
Health; mining; Projects; Canada; Impact; Impacts; Mines; Mine; Mines;