Prior to amalgamation, the town's census population was listed as 11,718 while the township's was 3,877. In 2009 Kazakhstan took over top spot, relegating Canada to second. The Cameron Bay area was officially renamed Port Radium in 1937. In 1936, the government facilities were rechristened Port Radium to glorify the nature of the nearby mining operations. Radium, at that time, was the principal product of the mine. [4] In the 1930s, Port Radium was home to an annual arctic dogsled race. In 2017, of the world's estimated uranium resources, 30% were in Australia, ahead of the second largest, Kazakhstan. The Eldorado Mine is a defunct mine located in Port Radium, Northwest Territories, Canada. The Radium Queen towed barges from the railhead at Waterways, Alberta to a portage around the rapids. When the mine finally closed in 1982, Echo Bay burned down the remaining buildings with few exceptions. Radium ores were highly valued at the time because the price of radium salts, used in cancer treatment, and which was mo… During a field trip along the east arm of Great Bear Lake in August 1900, James McIntosh Bell of the Geological Survey of Canada noted evidences of iron, copper, uranium and cobalt in the vicinity of Echo Bay. Eldorado Mine became the first producing venture and it had its own private camp for its employees. Coordinates: 66°05′07″N118°02′10″W / 66.085168°N 118.036°W / 66.085168; -118.036, "Status Report for the Historic Northern Transportation Route", "Cameron Bay, N.W.T., Now Called Port Radium, Canada (1937) - on Newspapers.com", "Cameron Bay (Pop. [citation needed], An early case in the Aboriginal rights movement involved the Eldorado Mine's alleged discrimination against First Nations and Inuit workers, such as giving them the last priority when establishing safety services. The other byproduct of the company was silver, copper, and uranium salts. Beginning in 1932, the site was mined for radium used in medical research. Would you like Wikipedia to always look as professional and up-to-date? It made runs between Lake Athabaska and Great Slave Lake is generally navigable. The Eldorado Mine became the only remaining operation in the Port Radium area after 1942. The government finally settled the case by providing treatment for the patients, and working with mine policy to ensure that similar injustices were not happening at the present and would not be allowed to happen in the future. When the Eldorado Mine reopened in 1942 to supply uranium ores for the effort of World War II, the mine settlement adopted the name Port Radium. All isotopes of radium are highly radioactive, with the most stable isotope being radium-226, which has a half-life of 1600 years and decays into radon gas (specifically the isotope radon-222). Délı̨nę means "where the waters flow", a reference to the headwaters of the Great Bear River, Sahtúdé. The company then reopened the old Eldorado Mine workings and produced more silver and copper until 1981 when low silver prices closed the mine for good. The Canadian Government took over the company by purchasing share control in 1943, and in early 1944 the name was changed to Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited. The average temperature is –7.2 °C, the prevailing wind direction is southeast. The worldwide production of uranium in 2015 amounted to 60,496 tonnes. When the mine finally closed in 1982, Echo Bay burned down the remaining buildings with few exceptions. His company was Eldorado Mining and Refining Limited, then known as Eldorado Gold Mines Limited. [ citation needed ], A cairn and plaque at Labine Point are the only remains of Port Radium. The Eldorado Mine is also known as Port Radium, a name adopted for use at this specific site after 1942. The Port Radium Mine was located on a peninsula along the eastern shore of Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories, 440 km north of Yellowknife and 265 km east of Délįnę. [1][2] Jackson when he visited the mine-site of the isolated Radium mine at Port Radium, Northwest Territories, in 1938. [3] At that time, Cameron Bay had a population of 30. 30) is still north's capital but new name is", "Wins arctic derby. The Radium King was built in 1937 to haul ore on the Mackenzie River, and her tributaries. In 1936, the government facilities were rechristened Port Radium to glorify the nature of the nearby mining operations. The Colorado uranium industry has seen booms and busts, but continues to this day. LaBine was president of Eldorado Mining and Refining from its start in the late 1920s to 1947. The Native Sisterhood made it a national political issue in Canada, and sparked the more famous native-rights activism in Alaska during the 1940s. 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