Baffinland says it will begin stockpiling iron ore at the site this summer or fall, and start shipping it in the open water season of 2015.

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation could begin its first phase of extracting ore from the Mary River mine site this summer.

The scaled-down version of the iron mine on North Baffin Island got its final approval from Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt last week, following recommendations from the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

NIRB plans to hold a final workshop by conference call mid-May to prepare a project certificate, which will outline the terms and conditions, and the agencies responsible for them, that the mine will have to meet in order to keep operating.

Greg Missal, vice-president of corporate affairs with Baffinland, said the company was pleased with the final terms and conditions imposed on the mine and will start mining iron ore at the site this summer or fall.

“It’ll start to be trucked up to Milne Inlet and it’ll be ready to be loaded onto ships during the open water season of 2015.”

The dock that will carry that ore on to ships is now being designed and engineered.

Missal said that dock will determine the precise number of ships needed to move the ore.

Baffinland plans to ship 3.5-million tonnes of ore per year through Milne Inlet, using ships that carry between 70,000 and 90,000 tonnes. They expect to use about 55 ships during the open water season, in addition to ships carrying sealift supplies and fuel.

Missal said they plan to use dust suppression techniques to monitor and control dust from the road that will carry the ore to port.

The company will also consider providing compensation to hunters affected by changes to wildlife, in partnership with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, which signed an Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement with the company last fall.

The life of the mine is expected to be more than 20 years for the first deposit.

There are nine iron ore deposits overall. 


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The Canadian Women's Foundation has released a report on the impact resource extraction is having on Inuit women and their families in the Qamani'tuaq region of Nunavut.


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Canada, Nunavut

Inuit Cree Reconciliation will screen Friday April 25th, at 6pm at the 2014 Cine Las Americas Film Festival as part of the Panorama Documentary Shorts program. 

Cine Las Americas is a multi-cultural,  non-profit organization based in Austin Texas, offering theatrical screenings of films made by or about Latinos or indigenous peoples of the Americas.

Cine Las Americas promotes cross-cultural understanding and growth by educating, entertaining and challenging the diverse Central Texas community through film and media arts.

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16 avril 2014



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Nunavut review board recommends Ottawa say yes to revised Mary River plan

NIRB limits ore tonnage that can be carried on Milne Inlet tote road


The Nunavut Impact Review Board recommends the federal government say yes — subject to some revised terms and conditions — to a revamped mining and transportation plan the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. announced in January 2103 for its Mary River iron project.

The NIRB conveyed this to Bernard Valcourt, the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development minister, in a March 17 letter attached to a 259-page public hearing report.

Under its revised scheme, which they call the “early revenue phase” proposal, Baffinland plans to mine, stockpile nd ship between 3.5 million and 4.2 million tonnes of iron ore through a port at Milne Inlet.

They would transport the ore by haul truck along a tote road and transport it out of Milne Inlet only during ice-free months.

Baffinland submitted that plan to the NIRB in 2013, soon after receiving a project certificate in late December 2012 for its original proposal.

Under Baffinland’s first scheme, the company would extract about 18 million tonnes of iron ore each year and ship it from a port at Steensby Inlet connected to the mine site by a railway.

From the Steensby port, huge, 320-metre icebreaking ore vessels would move 12 months of the year through Foxe Basin and Hudson Strait to steelmakers in Europe.

But under the revised plan, first announced in January 2013, Baffinland would ship smaller amounts of ore through Milne Inlet until they generated enough revenue to finance the original plan.

“During the reconsideration, the NIRB heard of ambitions mixed with cautious trepidation, optimism for real signs of economic opportunities for the Baffin region but also concerns for the land, the air, the water and a variety of animals potentially affected by the activities under the Early Revenue Phase Proposal,” the board said in its report to Valcourt.

The board said it looked at evidence on the following issues:

• the effect of increased shipping through Eclipse Sound on marine wildlife;

• the impacts on the marine environment in Milne Inlet arising from increased shipping, port construction and ballast water exchanges;

• the impacts on vegetation, wildlife, ice, surface water and human health as a result of increased dust emissions; and,

• the impact on Inuit harvesting on land and in marine areas due to increased shipping and intensification of use of the Milne Inlet tote road.



NIRB Report


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18 mars 2014



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 Performing with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra


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