John Sandlos

Membership:  2012/2013

Member Bio

John Sandlos is an environmental historian in the Department of History at Memorial University of Newfoundland who writes about northern Canada, mining, wildlife conservation, and parks and protected areas. He received his PhD from the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. Since 2009, he has been the Principal Investigator of the Abandoned Mines in Northern Canada project. At the Rachel Carson Center, he is writing a book with Arn Keeling, In the Shadow of the Gold Mines: Arsenic and Native Communities in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, an account of the acute and chronic poisoning of Yellowknives Dene communities due to arsenic pollution from gold mines in the region. He will also be editing a book with Dr. Keeling, Mining and Communities in Northern Canada: History, Politics, and Memory, to be submitted to the University of Calgary Press’s Canadian History and the Environment series. His work on mining has been funded primarily through research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and ArcticNet.


  • “Claiming the New North: Mining and Colonialism at the Pine Point Mine, Northwest Territories, Canada.” Environment and History 18, no. 1 (2012): 5–34. With Arn Keeling.
  • “Nature’s Playgrounds: The Parks Branch and Tourism Promotion in the National Parks, 1911–1929,” In A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011, edited by Claire Campbell, 53–78. University of Calgary Press, 2011.
  • “Once There were So Many: Animals as Ecological Baselines.” Environmental History 16, no. 3 (2011): 400-07. With Yolanda Wiersma.
  • “Shooting the Archives: Document Digitization for Historical-Geographical Collaboration.” History Compass 9, no. 5 (2011), 423-32. With Arn Keeling.
  • “Environmental Justice goes Underground? Historical Notes from Canada’s Northern Mining Frontier.” Environmental Justice 2, no. 3 (2009): 117–25. With Arn Keeling.