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  • Baffinland Progress at Mary River

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    canal: Isuma News

    Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation released yesterday a first progress report on the development of the Mary River mining project.

    Baffinland first announced on September 13th that construction, or more accurately preparations for construction, would begin immediately.

    This first step follows the corporation’s successful signing of the Mary River Agreement (Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement and Commercial Production Lease) with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association on September 9th. The project launch was also made possible by the Nunavut Impact Review Board approval given in December 2012, all be it as a “Early Revenue Phase” version of the original proposal.

    On September 25th Baffinland made their inaugural charter flight carrying employees and cargo from the Kitchener-Waterloo airport to the Baffinland Mary River Project site.

    Carrying cargo and a maximum of 119 passengers, Boeing 737s will began to fly weekly to and from Nunavut with cargo and passengers. These chartered flights are coordinated by Sarvaq Logistics, a logistics company headquartered in Iqaluit, and operated by Nolinor, a Quebec-based charter airline.

    Director of charter operations at Nolinor previously stated that this partnership might offer new charter opportunities for people traveling from the North suggesting that members of the public could even “crowd-source” flights by selling seats for flights online when the 737s are not in use with Baffinland.

    But at this time no such initiatives have been taken.

    Weekly jet service to and from the Mary River site began on September 26th. As for details on the actual work progress at the Mary River Site, Baffinland only states that the Mary River hard wall camp is in progress.

    Baffinland’s October 1st, 2013 Progress photos are available here  

     

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    uploaded date: 02-10-2013

  • Construction begins at Mary River

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    canal: Isuma News

    Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. formally announces a decision to start construction on the Mary River Project in a release issued September 13th.

    The construction decision was made possible as a result of the recently completed Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement (IIBA) and Commercial Production Lease (CPL), which were executed jointly with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association on September 6, 2013.

    The Mary River Project has undergon an environmental impact assessment for the past 5 years, which culminated in a Nunavut Impact Review Board Project Certificate in December of 2012. The receipt of the Project Certificate allowed for the Class A Water License process to be completed with the Nunavut Water Board in July 2013. Collectively, these approvals along with the IIBA and CPL have given Baffinland the necessary permissions to began construction.

    “Announcing a construction decision is a significant milestone in the evolution of the Mary River Project. Many years of environmental reviews and negotiations have led us to be able to reach this decision. Our work at Mary River and Milne Inlet will focus on construction activities that are currently approved through the environmental assessment process. As further approvals are obtained in the coming months our construction activities will encompass development required to achieve our Early Revenue Phase and allow for the eventual shipment of ore.” stated Tom Paddon, President and CEO of Baffinland.

    In early 2013, Baffinland began mobilizing construction material, fuel, and equipment via sealift to facilitate construction activities.

    Along with mobilization efforts, Baffinland has promissed to also offer extensive training and to undertake recruitment initiatives to allow for Inuit, particularly from the North Baffin communities, to participate in employment opportunities created by the Mary River Project.

    Baffinland says it will now focus on completing the 2013 cargo and fuel sealift deliveries, as well as the construction of camp and fuel storage facilities, which will allow for construction activities to continue throughout late 2013 and into 2014.

    Baffinland's full release can be read here

     

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    uploaded date: 02-10-2013

  • Baffinland says yes to construction of huge Nunavut iron mine

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    canal: DID News

    Company gives green light to building mine at Mary River

    Following Inuit impact-benefit and commercial production lease agreements with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. has decided to go ahead with construction of an iron mine at Mary River on north Baffin Island, the company announced Sept. 13.

    “Announcing a construction decision is a significant milestone in the evolution of the Mary River project. Many years of environmental reviews and negotiations have led us to be able to reach this decision,” Tom Paddon, Baffinland’s president and chief executive officer, said in a news release.

    Earlier this year, Baffinland started shipping large amounts of construction material, fuel and equipment to its sealift landing site at Milne Inlet, sparking a boom in activity at the St. Lawrence Seaway port of Valleyfield.

    The company said they will work on completing their sealift deliveries this year and work on construction of mining camp and fuel storage facilities through late 2013 and into 2014.

    “Our work at Mary River and Milne Inlet will focus on construction activities that are currently approved through the environmental assessment process,” Paddon said.

    “As further approvals are obtained in the coming months our construction activities will encompass development required to achieve our Early Revenue Phase and allow for the eventual shipment of ore,” Paddon said.

    The “early revenue phase” is the name used to describe an amended mine development plan that Baffinland announced in January 2013, shortly after receiving a project certificate for the project.

    That plan provides for the shipment of about 3.5 million tonnes of ore annually through a port at Milne Inlet.

    But the amended plan now also provides for later construction of a railway to a port at Steensby Inlet by early 2019 and the shipment of up to 20 million tonnes of ore a year from the site by 2020.

    The Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Nunavut Planning Commission are looking at the amended plan, and are to hold public meetings about it early next month in affected communities.

    The company said it will also move ahead with “extensive training and recruitment initiatives” to help Inuit from north Baffin communities get jobs with the project.

    And Baffinland said the recent IIBA and commercial production lease with QIA were “key ingredients” that helped the company reach a production decisions.

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    COMMENTS on Nunatsiaq Online:

    #1. Posted by concern inuk on September 13, 2013

    How do I get friends with that office worker in a small community so I will be hired.  What do I need to do to get hired?

    #2. Posted by inuk#2 on September 13, 2013

    Get some training/education in the mining sector, that should help you get a job there.
    Arctic College should know where you can get the training.

    #3. Posted by heerdtell on September 13, 2013

    Some of these companies have websites and in them ,  they have online application forms for jobs.  I would snoop around the web, etc.  possibly type in Baffinland iron mine, Mary River or similar…  There might be something for job applications.  Good luck on your job hunting.

    #4. Posted by no more hope on September 14, 2013

    Post# 1, you have to be a good friend or a relative of the bosses that run these projects. I applied to various jobs with Q.C. and Baffinland and no phone call in months. Or you just have to kiss ass.

    #5. Posted by Robert Morin on September 14, 2013

    You can also do a job search at www.indeed.ca.

    #6. Posted by Just a thoight on September 15, 2013

    Don’t be picky. Take anything you can and don’t expect to get a management position making mega bucks from the get go.

    I know people that started off in janitors positions at Meadowbank and worked they was up to heavy equipment operators, haul truck drivers and management postions.

    In turn, they guys/gals are making some good coin working 2 weeks in 2 weeks out.

     

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    uploaded date: 16-09-2013

  • 57m 55s

    CÉSAR'S BARK CANOE/CÉSAR ET SON CANOT DECORCE

    uploaded by: NFB

    canal: The National Film Board of Canada

    Synopsis: Building a canoe solely from the materials that the forest provides may become a lost art, even among the Indians whose traditional craft it is. In this film, César Newashish, a sixty-seven-year-old Attikamek Indian of the Manowan Reserve north of Montreal, builds a canoe in the old way, using only birch bark, cedar splints, spruce roots and gum.

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    uploaded date: 29-04-2010