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Citizenship and the production of landscape and knowledge in contemporary Canadian nuclear fuel waste management

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This article considers the relationship between Aboriginal peoples in Canada and the nuclear industry in the contemporary geography of Canadian Nuclear Fuel Waste management. It explores the ways in which the knowledge produced by the Canadian nuclear industry, through the work of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization about nuclear waste, its management and its effects, gains primacy over the knowledge and experience of the Serpent River First Nation (SRFN). I identify a discourse of citizenship as instrumental to pursuing and maintaining industry control over knowledge produced about this policy issue. Of particular interest is the manner in which this discourse operates to disqualify and subjugate the alternative experiences of, and knowledge about, nuclear waste and radioactivity contained in the oral histories and testimonies of the SRFN. I suggest that the discourse marginalizes the knowledge of the SRFN through the use of scaled representations of identity and place, to create a particular ‘Canadian’ account of the fuel chain and its effects.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Université Laval, Centre interuniversitaire d'études québécoises, Université Laval, Québec, Canada G1K 7P4 ( ), Email:

Publication date: 2008-03-01

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