baffinland hearings

  • 32m 35s

    Kunuk and Lipsett (audio only, faster download), English version, Human Rights Intervention, 32:35 July 23, 2012, NIRB Public Hearing on Baffinland, Igloolik

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    channel: My Father's Land

    Zacharias Kunuk and Lloyd Lipsett present Human Rights Intervention July 23, 2012 at Nunavut Impact Review Board Public Hearing on Baffinland Mary River Project. English version. For complete WRITTEN English submission see also Zacharias Kunuk, My Father's Land, English Intervention.

    Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 23-08-2012

  • Final Baffinland hearings wrap up in Nunavut, Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk is in the middle, cbc.ca

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    channel: My Father's Land

    The final hearings into Baffinland's project wrapped up on the weekend.... Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk is in the middle of capturing the life and land of Nunavut on film. "What I want to do is record the wildlife, the land, the beauty of the land," he said. "That's the project we're doing right now – to record it now, elders who are living now, and do it again in 10 years" ... Besides documenting the environmental change, Kunuk has hired a human rights lawyer to study the project. See full story at Zacharias Kunuk hires human rights lawyer.
     

    Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 01-08-2012

  • Iqaluit Mayor, Nunavut officials register concerns at Baffinland hearings

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    channel: DID News

    Nunavut officials register concerns at Baffinland hearings: Overall, the Nunavut Government says it supports the mega-project, but it has concerns about potential impacts on wildlife and ...see Full Story

    Mayor says Baffinland mine will have impacts on Iqaluit: Iqaulit Mayor Madeleine Redfern says the Mary River iron mine would bring
    jobs and income to Nunavut, and more people to the capital, putting a
    strain on...see Full Story

    Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 30-07-2012

  • QIA shows some support for Steensby Inlet port

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    channel: DID News

    In their final intervention to the NIRB, QIA has shown their support for the Mary River project. They stated that, “QIA feels that appropriate mechanisms are in place to effectively monitor and manage the Mary River Project in an acceptable manner.” However they also have concerns.… Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 05-06-2012

  • Mining and caribou - What is a "significant impact"

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    channel: Show me on the map: discussions on mining on Aboriginal lands

    DID News Alert Mining and caribou– What is a “significant impact”?

    On May 21st, the Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization made public a paper written in response to AREVA’s (a French mining company) Environmental Impact Statement for their proposed “Kiggavik” uranium mine near Baker Lake.

    They were concerned with the results of the DEIS concerning the effect of the proposed mine on local caribou population, and saw some problems with what AREVA considered was a “significant impact” when it came to the caribou population. For example, any impact that does not affect the population as a whole on the long-term is not considered significant. But this does not take into account the location of the herd. So if the herd population stays somewhat the same, but they stop coming to the Baker Lake region, the impact is not significant. But for the people of Baker Lake, this would be a very significant impact. This scientific approach does not seem to take into account the social impact of a change in caribou population. In their impact statement, AREVA says that the mine will only significantly impact caribou migration if 10% or more of the caribou population does not reach the calving grounds. But the report does not take into account how migration will be affected specifically around Baker Lake. AREVA does not seem to be bothered by this, claiming that caribou herds are constantly moving, and so Inuit should just adjust their hunting habits.

    They said that AREVA did not really take into account Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) as much as they would have liked. In the report, they claim AREVA only focused on information about hunting and wildlife, but did not investigate Inuit values and “what sort of future Inuit want for themselves.” This is a very important part of IQ, and if AREVA really valued the importance of IQ, according to the Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization, they should have focused more on this specific point. They also found that IQ was not really used when it came to study caribou population and migration. Instead AREVA focused only on scientific studies and collar data.

    AREVA claim that they are respecting IQ ways, but the Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization feel that this approach shows that AREVA does not really respect the situation of Baker Lake Inuit and their hunting traditions. They believe more of an effort must be made to consult elders and people from the community when it comes to caribou population, and that a better balance of scientific data and consultation and respect for Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit will bring better results.

    With the Baffinland/NIRB July hearings fast approaching, the question of how to assess wildlife impact seems more important now than ever before.

    Click to your left (under "attached files") for a PDF file of the Baker Lake Hunters And Trappers document.

    Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 29-05-2012

  • The NIRB Process (Nunavut Impact Review Board). baffinlandwitness.com May 16, 2012

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    DID News Alert The NIRB Process. see more at baffinlandwitness.com

    May 16, 2012. NIRB operates under the principle that public participation is an important element of an open, honest and balanced review process. Effective public participation strengthens the quality of the review process and helps to avoid potentialmisunderstandings and conflict. NIRB has a role to ensure that affected communities are aware of the project and its potential environmental [...] see more at baffinlandwitness.com

    Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 18-05-2012

  • BAFFINLAND FINAL HEARINGS - A List Of The Key Issues

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    channel: My Father's Land

    DID News Alert May 18, 2012. The Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) has sent out a list of the key issues that will be discussed during the final community hearings in July. More ᓂᐲᑦ ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ Inuktitut Audio About NIRB. They are:

    1. Alternatives to Steensby Inlet port
    2. Destruction of inuksuit along the railway
    3. Risks of accidents, spills, environmental disasters, and rescue response plan.
    4. Overwintering of fuel in barges and its environmental risks.
    5. Impact of shipping route on marine wildlife (walrus, bowhead, narhwals, belugas)
    6. Monitoring of water and soil pollution, risks of contamination of water sources.
    7. Environmental impact of railway, effect on caribou population.

    Follow this link for a complete collection of Baffinland's presentations during the Iqaluit technical meetings: ftp.nirb.ca/02-REVIEWS/ACTIVE%20REVIEWS/08MN053-BAFFINLAND%20MARY%20RIVER/2-REVIEW/08-FINAL%20EIS/05-TECHNICAL%20MEETING/BIMC%20PRESENTATIONS/

    All the presentations are in PDF files. More news at DID News Alert

    Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 18-05-2012

  • IMPORTANT BAFFINLAND NEWS - Baffinland's NEW report on alternatives to Steensby Inlet

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    DID News Alert May 17, 2012. After Iqaluit technical meetings, Baffinland claim Steensby Inlet still only viable port.

    Just two weeks after the May technical meetings that took place in Iqaluit regarding the Mary River Iron Ore project, Baffinland has published a report explaining why the proposed port at Steensby Inlet is the only viable location. After the meetings, the NIRB stated that “key issues” such as the location and impact of the railway and port would, “warrant focused discussion” in the future July hearings.

    However this new 32-page document sent out by Baffinland (which you can download a PDF of here, look left under ‘attached files’) seems to show that the company is in no mood to debate this question further. Their report highlights time and again how Steensby Inlet is, “an essential feature of the proposed project” (p.32). They have three main arguments: the need for year-round shipping, elevated costs of building a port at another site, and environmental factors. Baffinland claims that there would be only two other options that would even be considered.

    One is a port on the Eastern side of Baffin Island (see p.16 of document). They claim this port could only be accessed 10 months of the year instead of year-round, because of the heavy icepack. For them this is considered seasonal, and therefore out of the question. But if this assures the protection of one of the rarest and most fragile marine habitats in the country: the calving grounds of the walrus and the endangered bowhead whale, perhaps this sacrifice is worthwhile. Both these animals would be seriously affected by the constant, heavy boat traffic in the Foxe Basin and Hudson Strait. This is especially true of the walrus, since the two largest groupings of Atlantic walrus are in the Foxe Basin and Hudson Strait. The danger for bowhead would also be very serious, since their very existence depends on their calving grounds in this region. This is one of the few places in the world were bowhead feed and reproduce. The risk for bowhead would not be as high if the shipping went through the East of Baffin. ArcellorMittal has many mines that operate seasonally, such as the Fire Lake iron ore mine in Northern Quebec. And seeing how Mary River is the mine with the largest and purest deposit of iron ore in the world, with a capacity to produce like no other mine of its kind, a ten-month shipping season instead of twelve does not seem like it would threaten it that much.

    The other option is to build a port at Nuviut, south of Steensby (see p.25 for the map) This could also be accessed year-round, would require less boat travel, and less danger to the walrus population that live closer to Steensby Inlet. But Baffinland claims that the ground is less stable there, and so building costs would go up in order to build another port. This would require extra facilities and take, in their estimates, two years longer to build. Furthermore this location would require a railway almost twice as long, which would lead to other serious environmental consequences, especially for the caribou.

    Baffinland refers to two maps in their report (p.30 and 31) to support their claim that the sea route will not affect the Inuit harvest, or the walrus and whale population. But there are many detailed maps from other very credible sources that give quite different results. This is somewhat suspicious, and leads me to believe there needs to be more consulting with locals to come up with a DEFINITIVE map of the region’s wildlife before a final decision is made about the location of the shipping route. I have attached two of these maps here (look to your left under ‘attached files’).

    Whichever way you look at it, it seems as though there is no way any one of these locations will not drastically alter the environment and wildlife of the area. Baffinland claims the Steensby Inlet port is the most cost-effective and the least environmentally endangering of the sites. But really this seems like a case of the best of the worst, which is not very appealing.
    Any location will lead cause irreversible damage.
    So what happens next?

    Please leave comments below. What do you think about the location choice? What should/can be done about it?

    Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 17-05-2012

  • IMPORTANT 8PM TONIGHT- LISTEN LIVE CALL-IN SHOW TONIGHT WEDNESDAY MAY 16TH. Nipivut Nunatinnii show on the NIRB (Nunavut Impact Review Board)

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    Listen tonight to Episode 4 of Nipivut Nunatinnii Our Voice at Home, the open-line call-in radio series on Baffinland and Inuit rights, on Igloolik Community Radio Online, May 16, 2012, starting at 8 pm EST until approximately 10:30 pm ONLINE at at www.isuma.tv/DID/radio/igloolik.

    Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 16-05-2012

  • IMPORTANT BAFFINLAND NEWS - End of technical meetings in Iqaluit

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    DID News Alert May 14, 2012. This past week, Iqaluit was the stage for Baffinland’s three-day technical meetings regarding the Mary River iron mine and it’s potential impacts. The meetings only reinforced the belief that more time is needed to discuss the key issues such as the location of the Steensby Inlet port, and the environmental impacts of a railway and a year-round shipping route. The NIRB stated that these issues will be discussed in further detail at the final community hearings in July. Some of the things the NIRB promised to bring up in the July hearing include: alternatives to the proposed railroad and shipping route, wildlife impacts from these routes (caribou and walrus specifically), water pollution from mining and quarrying activities, ability to protect significant archaeological sites like the 100 inuksuit path alongside the proposed railroad, risks related to the storage of bulk fuel, impact on marine mammals and traditional hunting activities from the year-round shipping route, and socio-economic impacts on the nearby communities, specifically related to long-term stable employment, traditional land use, food security, and services to meet future needs.

    It seems like a lot to talk about in 11 days (5 in Iqaluit, 3 in Igloolik, 3 in Pond Inlet), considering how complicated these issues are. After the mixed results of last week’s technical meetings, and Baffinland’s historical desire to hurry through the hearings as quickly as possible (see here http://www.isuma.tv/lo/en/did-news-alert/baffinland-urges-for-more-collaboration-on-mary-river-project), it is hard to believe that these very important and complex issues will be dealt with satisfactorily in such a short period of time.

    For a $6 billon dollar project that could potentially run for 100 years, and permanently re-shape the face of Canada’s arctic, three days of discussion in each of the future affected communities seems far from adequate.

    Click here for a link to the online article: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavut_regulators_issue_final_hearing_topics_for_mary_river_iron_mine/

    Or print a PDF file of the article (to your left under ‘attached files’)

    Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 15-05-2012

  • IMPORTANT BAFFINLAND HEARINGS NEWS - NIRB Rules of Procedure

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    DID News Alert May 11, 2012. For anyone who is interested in reading the Nunavut Impact Review Board's (NIRB) official policies and standards, particularly relating to the July community hearings, this is their document where all that information is. It is 27 pages. 

    I attached an English version, and their Inuktitut version which is in syllabics. 

     

     

    Uqalimakkanirit

    uploaded date: 11-05-2012

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