The Giant Mine
was a large gold mine
located on the Ingraham Trail
just outside ofYellowknife
, Northwest Territories
was discovered on the property in 1935 by Johnny Baker, but the true extent of the gold deposits were not known until 1944 when a massive gold-bearing shear zone
was uncovered beneath the drift-filled
Baker Creek Valley. The discovery led to a massive post-war staking boom in Yellowknife. Giant Mine entered production in 1948 and ceased operations in 2004. It produced over of gold.
On September 18, 1992, at the height of a labour dispute
during the tenure of Royal Oak Mines
ownership, an explosion in a drift
of the mine
, underground, killed nine strikebreakers
and replacement workers riding in a man-car. Mine employee Roger Warren
was later convicted of placing the bomb. The strike
ended in 1993, pursuant to an order by the (then) Canada Labour Relations Board. A civil suit also resulted on behalf of the families of the replacement workers killed in the explosion (Fullowka v. Royal Oak Ventures Inc.
Owners of the mine have included Falconbridge
(1948-1986 through subsidiary Giant Yellowknife Mines Limited), Pamour of Australia (1986-1990 through subsidiary Giant Yellowknife Mines Limited), Royal Oak Mines
(1990–1999), and Miramar Mining Corporation (1999–2004).
The Northwest Territories' first mining museum
is to be built on the old property. The N.W.T. Mining Heritage Society
is in charge of the work.
Giant Mine is within the Kam Group
, which... Read More