Délı̨nę is haunted by its connection to the Manhattan Project and creation of the nuclear bomb
Seventy-five years after two nuclear bombs were dropped in Japan — killing hundreds of thousands of people in the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — one small community in the Northwest Territories is still haunted by its connection to the blasts.
Across Great Bear Lake from the 533-person hamlet of Délı̨nę sits the historic mining site of Port Radium.
Workers originally mined radium for medical use. But at the height of the Second World War, the Canadian government quietly called for uranium production as part of the country’s involvement in the Manhattan Project.
That uranium was sent south to help the United States with the race to build a nuclear bomb. Eventually, two Allied bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Some estimates say 200,000 people died.
Wondering about the risks
On the other side of the world near Great Bear Lake, workers would eventually wonder about the risks they took delivering sacks of ore on their backs as they sent it south — without being told what they were about to be complicit in.
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