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Giant Mine was a large gold mine located on the Ingraham Trail just
outside of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Gold 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 7,000,000 ozt (220,000 kg) 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, 750 ft (230 m) 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/lockout 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.)
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