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Webinar - Pathways to Indigenous health – Cold war uranium mining and its impact on land, water, and Anishinaabe wellness

March 2024

Webinar description

In this presentation, Dr. Lianne Leddy will share her research on the ways in which settler extractive forces compromised Anishinaabe land and water in the Cold War period. Using archival and oral history methods, Leddy will also emphasize how Indigenous political leaders contended with uranium mining and its legacies over a forty-year period. This presentation is based on Leddy’s book, Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake, a history of extraction that resonates in other Indigenous homelands.

Series description

Pathways to Indigenous health is a series of webinars hosted by the NCCIH. Between September 2023 and April 2024, this series of webinars will explore a variety of topics related to the health and well-being of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples. The series intends to strengthen the links between knowledge, policy, and practice, by supporting the educational journeys of healthcare workers, public health audiences, and beyond.


Lianne Leddy is a member of Serpent River First Nation and Associate Professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research focuses on land, extraction, and gender, as well as historical methods. Leddy’s award-winning book, Serpent River Resurgence: Confronting Uranium Mining at Elliot Lake, was published by University of Toronto Press in 2022..

Learning objective

  • Learn about Indigenous views of wellness and connections to territory.
  • Understand how extractive practices compromised Anishinaabe land and water.
  • Consider the ways Anishinaabe leaders confronted and resisted extractive processes.
  • Learn about Indigenous historical methods.

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