Mining the Connections 2020 International Multi-Network Conference on Mining

January 18th, 2020

Postponed to spring 2021

Check conference website for updates


REXSAC, together with MinErAL and Amedee Network, is hosting  Mining the Connections, an international and multidisciplinary conference. Academic researchers, students as well as government representatives, Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members, NGOs and mining companies will gather to discuss mining developments and its impacts.

This international conference explores the many connections between mineral extraction, local communities, and the environment from a multidisciplinary perspective. It seeks to build and increase connections between governments, researchers, NGOs, practitioners, and community representatives from around the globe, in order to increase knowledge of mining development and its impacts.

The conference will be hosted at the Intercontinental Hotel, in Montreal, from November 2 to 5, 2020.

The organizing committee is pleased to launch a call for sessions and abstracts.

For more information and links to abstract submissions please visit the conference website. And don’t forget to share with your network!

Registration will start on April 1, 2020.





Photo: Continental Open Pit Mine, Montana. Photo credit: Linda moving ahead/Flickr.


The Continental Open Pit mine in Butte, Montana, is located within view of the Continental Divide.  The reopening of the Continental Pit in 2003 revitalized the community of Butte and remains the only operational mine in the area.  (    The mining dump truck has a 240 ton capacity.  It hauls ore to the crusher and waste to a designated rock repository.    As of 2006, remaining ore reserves at the Continental pit were estimated to be 364 million tons, averaging 0.35 percent copper, 0.027 percent molybdenum, and 2.2 g/tonne silver.    From 1880 through 2005, the mines of the Butte district have produced more than 9.6 million metric tons of copper, 2.1 million metric tons of zinc, 1.6 million metric tons of manganese, 381,000 metric tons of lead, 87,000 metric tons of molybdenum, 715 million troy ounces (22,200 metric tons) of silver, and 2.9 million ounces (90 metric tons) of gold.