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Action Canada Papers on Labrador Mining, Aboriginal Governance and Muskrat Falls

Lead Researcher and Department
Dr. Keith Storey, Department of Geography; Dr. Larry Felt, Department of Sociology and David Vardy, Harris Centre, Memorial University

Funding Resources
Action Canada

This report includes three separate papers dealing with the mining industry in Labrador, Aboriginal governance in Labrador, and the possible development of the Lower Churchill hydroelectric development. The papers appear with the concurrence of the three authors, respectively, Dr. Keith Storey, Honorary Research Professor with the Department of Geography, Dr. Larry Felt, Professor of Sociology, and David Vardy, Professional Associate of the Harris Centre.

The papers were drafted at the request of Action Canada, a non-profit organization whose objective is to develop further the leadership capabilities of outstanding young Canadians. Each year, up to 20 outstanding Canadians ("Fellows") are invited to join an 11-month leadership development and public policy program. The goals of the program are to enhance the Fellows' leadership skills, enrich their understanding of Canada, and build a network whose members will support each other in making Canada the best country it can be.

Engaging with Canadians on important issues is a priority for Action Canada and the annual program includes public dialogues in several locations. In September 2011, the Fellows met in Happy Valley – Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. In preparation for the event, Action Canada asked the Harris Centre to help identify major issues facing Labrador, and then assist in finding experts in those areas to prepare background notes.

These papers are meant to provide the reader with facts and options surrounding three complex (and interrelated) issues currently facing the residents of Labrador, as well as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador as a whole. Any opinions expressed in this report are solely those of the authors.

The Harris Centre is grateful to Action Canada for the opportunity to assist with the project and help share the results. Special thanks go to Cathy Beehan, founding CEO of Action Canada, and Dr. Andrea Rose of Memorial University’s Faculty of Education.


Storey, Keith. An Overview of Mining Activity in Labrador. 2011. 16 p.

Felt, Lawrence. Land Claims Agreements and Aboriginal Governance Issues in Labrador: The Nunatsiavut Experience. 2011. 13 p.

Vardy, David A. Making Best Use of the Lower Churchill: The Muskrat Falls Development. 2011. 21 p.

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Mining industry, Land claims, Inuit, Innu, Metis, Governance, Lower Churchill development, Muskrat Falls development

Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Labrador City
St. John's
Avalon Peninsula
Zone 1 - Nunatsiavut Government
Zone 2 - Hyron

Industry Sectors
Metal ore mining (Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction — Mining and quarrying)
Social science research and development (Professional, scientific and technical services — Scientific research and development services — Research and development in the social sciences and humanities)
Aboriginal public administration (Public administration)
Electricity generation, transmission and distribution (incl. Fossil fuel, Hydro-electric, Nuclear (Utilities)

Thematic Categories
Self Government (Aboriginal Peoples)
Land Claims (Aboriginal Peoples)
Inuit (Aboriginal Peoples)
Mineral Resources
Electricity (Natural Resources)

Geography, Faculty of Arts (STJ)
Harris Centre (STJ)