DID News

Inuksuit on the railroad

DID News Alert May 10, 2012. A new concern has been raised about Baffinland’s proposed 150-kilometre railway from the mine to Steensby Inlet. The railway will run along a chain of roughly 100 inuksuit that extends for over six kilometres near the mouth of Steensby Inlet. Carleton University archaeologist Sylvie LeBlanc considers it the longest intact chain of inuksuit in the world; some are over 4,500 years old. The fear is that vibrations from the construction of the railway would damage and destroy the inuksuit. Baffinland ignored this concern in their environmental impact statement, but now propose to take steps in order to avoid this important archaeological site.

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Also attached (look to your left under 'attached files') is a PDF file of the article.


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May 8, 2012

Baffinland Public Hearings To Take Place in July

It’s been over two years since the proposed Baffinland Mary River iron mine has been under review. The verdict from the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s final report comes out in September. Before the final decision by NIRB, there will be public hearings in July in Iqaluit, Igloolik and Pond Inlet.… Read more

May 4, 2012

DID Overview May 5, 2012

Read the updated Fact Sheet and Plain Language Summary of Digital Indigenous Democracy Overview as the project launches in May 2012. Read here or download attached PDF (see link at left).

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May 4, 2012

IMPORTANT- Inuit land claim gets first royalty payment for $2.2 Million

DID News Alert May 1, 2012. Inuit land claim gets first $2.2 million royalty payment
On Tuesday May 1st 2012, the Inuit land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI), received their first royalty payment of $2.2 million dollars. The royalty payment was made by the mining company Agnico-Eagle, which runs the Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, Nunavut. NTI received the money for allowing the mine, which opened in 2010-2011, to be built on Inuit-owned land. As to what will be done with the money, NTI president Cathy Towtongie says they will put the money in a trust fund until it reaches $100 million dollars before it is distributed.

This is frustrating for many Inuit, who believe this money should be distributed to the communities immediately, instead of waiting potentially 20 years to be financially rewarded for the selling of their land. Mrs. Towtongie claims, “if there is mining to be done on Inuit-owned lands, we benefit.” But where is the benefit coming from if the royalties are to sit indefinitely in a bank account? And who is the “we” that is benefiting? NTI claims they are representing the wellbeing of future Inuit generations, but the future is now. If NTI truly cares about investing in the future of Nunavut communities as they claim, more intelligent and practical decisions must be made regarding the distribution and re-investment of this wealth. It is obvious these communities desperately need it.

What do you think about this? Where should the money be invested? Is NTI’s decision to wait until the fund reaches $100 million a good idea? Or will it be too late by then to make a difference? Please leave your comments below.

For the original online article, follow this link: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/story/2012/05/02/north-nti-royalty-payment.html
Or download the PDF file of the article (look to your left under ‘attached files’).

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May 1, 2012

Baffinland urges for more collaboration on Mary River project

As the July hearings approach, it is evident that Baffinland wants to hurry up the process, especially relating to the environmental effects assessment (EIS). Demands for more information by Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) regarding the environmental impact of the proposed mine have been met with some hostility on the part of Baffinland.… Read more

April 30, 2012

Nunavut signs deal with mining company on high school mining curriculum.

In April, Premier Eva Aariak signed a memorandum with mining company Agnico-Eagle, who operate the Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, to invest in mining-related curriculum for Nunavut high schools. Aariak has stated that since there are new job opportunities for Nunavummiut in the mining sector, schools should team up with companies to offer training.… Read more

April 29, 2012

Baffinland Revised 2012 Field Work Plan

Baffinland Iron Mine Corp (BIM) revision of 2012 field work plan and withdrawal of new Type B water license application. Download the original March 30, 2012 letter as PDF.

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April 8, 2012