Uranium exploration company signs agreement to ensure sustainable future for Athabasca Basin

From La Ronge Now:

A company in the business of discovering uranium in northern Saskatchewan has signed an exploration agreement with a non-profit organization that protects the lands and waters of the Athabasca Basin and Treaty rights of the residents there.

Ya’thi Néné Lands and Resources (YNLR) represents the Athabasca Denesułiné First Nations of Hatchet Lake, Black Lake, Fond du Lac and the Northern Hamlet of Stony Rapids, and the communities of Uranium City, Wollaston Lake and Camsell Portage. Linda McNabb, the human resources advisor for YNLR said the agreement with CanAlaska presents the communities with the potential of long-lasting benefits and economic development and capacity building opportunities.

“Historically, Indigenous people have not been involved in any exploration work that has taken place in Nuhenéné – which is the name of the Athabasca Denesułiné territory. So, this is just about us sitting at the table and being involved in and reaping some of the benefits of the work that is happening on our land,” said McNabb.

CanAlaska holds interest in approximately 350,000 hectares in the Athabasca Basin which they referred to in a press release as the ‘Saudi Arabia of Uranium.’ The company is currently working with Cameco and Denison at two properties in the eastern Athabasca Basin.

‘Ride The Cyclone’ continues

Play based on students from a fictional Uranium City continues touring

I became aware of a play called ‘Ride The Cyclone’, based around a ‘St. Cassian High School chamber choir’ from Uranium City who perish on a roller coaster named ‘The Cyclone’. We certainly had above average educational facilities in Uranium City (especially for a remote mining town) in my day, but certainly no chamber choir. Or a school named ‘St. Cassian’. From a review in The Patch, in Fairfield, Connecticut:

This piece is the second installment in Richmond’s “Uranium Teen Scream Trilogy,” a collection of three theatrical works, one not yet written, that take place in the exaggerated Uranium City. The premise of the musical is that five members of the St. Cassian High School chamber choir of Uranium City, Saskatchewan, have all perished on a faulty roller coaster called The Cyclone. The students are now being placed into a game of life and death and must tell a story to win the reward from a mechanical fortune teller: the chance to return to life.

Read the full piece here:


Goldfields Hockey League

Jeffrey Street was kind enough to send these on to me last year and finally publishing them now. Not the headline ‘Near Arctic Circle’. Guess it’s all relative I guess, given Yellowknife barely existed at the time and transportation links were minimal.

For the full articles:

“Graduates Play Hockey Near Arctic Circle,” The Queen’s Review, January 1938, Vol 12, p10, Internet Archive, https://archive.org/details/queensreview12

“Sports Shorts,” The Queen’s Review, January 1938, Vol 12, p143, Internet Archive, https://archive.org/details/queensreview12

New Book: Somewhere Safe – Uranium City

book cover of "Somewhere Safe: Uranium City - the Lure and the Lore"

Author CC Phillips has a new book out, based on his time living in Uranium City from 1986 to 1994. Interestingly, his book stops just before my first trip back in 1996. From the website:

Uranium City, the lure and the lore …

Though the path has led a circuitous route, the town that would not die still tethers my heartstrings. Thousands of former residents feel the same. Forced out by circumstances beyond their control, few left because they wanted to. How many would move back if they could? How many – as I have done on countless occasions – awakened from the recurring dream that the contemptible wrongs have been righted?

Evolving from my keyboard, dictated by Destiny, this narrative holds the promise of fulfillment for all those lost prayers, hopes and dreams …

Note: I will be publishing an excerpt in the next week or two.

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Manpower Adjustment Report, circa 1982

What a title. Again, courtesy of Brian Howell. Incredible amount of information on both – this report is 109 pages long and contains abbreviated histories of the Eldorado Company, Beaverlodge, and Uranium City as well as breakdowns of everything from the costs to ‘Reaction To Closure’ to compensation to the minutes of the Manpower Committee. An important historical document nonetheless.

Eldorado Miner’s Study

Courtesy of Brian Howell.

The full title:

Microsoft Word – RSP-0205 final report-a.doc



From the introduction:

“This report presents the results of the statistical analysis of a cohort of 17,660 individuals known to have worked for Eldorado somewhere between 1930 and 1999. Based on a total of 5,332 deaths between 1950 and 1999, and 2,355 individuals who developed at least one cancer between 1969 and 1999, several types of analyses have been conducted.”