Integration of Cree traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) into the revegetation process of the Eleonore mine tailings storage facility

Cissé, Mohamed Kadiatou, Keeling, Arn, Guittonny, Marie et Bussière, Bruno (2023). Integration of Cree traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) into the revegetation process of the Eleonore mine tailings storage facility. The Extractive Industries and Society . doi:10.1016/j.exis.2023.101263 Repéré dans Depositum à

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The Eleonore mine is located on Cree territory, in northern Quebec, and the Cree community is involved in the site reclamation process. The tailings storage facility (TSF), located in the territory of VC-29’s trapline, will be reclaimed with an engineered cover and revegetated to comply with regulations. However, the presence of certain deep-rooted plants, which are prioritized by the tallyman of VC-29 (the guardian of the territory), must be compatible with the technical performance of the engineered cover. This paper documents the vision of the tallyman of VC-29 (the Tallyman) and the different stakeholders regarding the revegetation scenario of the Eleonore mine TSF based on the co-design process put in place by the mine. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with stakeholders (the Tallyman, the Eleonore mine, the Québec ministère du Développement durable et de la Lutte Contre les Changements climatiques, the Québec ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, and the Cree Nation Government). All stakeholders agreed on the importance of integrating traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) into the Eleonore TSF revegetation process (although this is not required by the Quebec government). The differences in views were mainly related to the TSF revegetation scenario. Based on his TEK, the Tallyman prefers using only jack pine as a risk management strategy to divert the animals from the reclaimed TSF, as he believes the TSFs are toxic areas. Other stakeholders prioritize the technical aspects of the TSF reclamation to ensure the integrity of the cover system (avoid erosion and deep roots) to control contaminants and conserve biodiversity, both in the short and long term. Finally, this paper documents, and integrates, where possible, the expectations of the Tallyman into the Eleonore mine TSF revegetation scenario.

Type de document: Article
Informations complémentaires: Cette version de l’article représente le manuscrit final accepté pour publication (postpublication). La version officielle a été publiée dans la revue The Extractive Industries and Society en 2023
Mots-clés libres: Tallyman of VC-29, Eleonore mine, Cree Traditional ecological knowledge, Tailings storage facility, Revegetation
Divisions: Mines et eaux souterraines
Date de dépôt: 16 mai 2023 17:48
Dernière modification: 26 mai 2023 19:49

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