uranium mining

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    Unnukkut Ep 38 Joan Armstrong _Feb 1989

    uploaded by: IBC admin

    channel: IBC


    Program name: Unnukkut
    Unnukkut was a current events program for a general audience produced in Baker Lake. It features interviews with politicians and other current events items and stories in Nunavut.
    Producer: Barney Pattunguyak
    Host: Peter Tapatai
    Camera: Michael Haqpik, David Quinanaq and Luke Aingilik
    Location: Baker Lake


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    uploaded date: 09-05-2015

  • diné_no_nukes

    uploaded by: diné_no_nukes

    Diné NO NUKES is a Diné-led initiative to create a Navajo Nation
    that is free from the dangers of radioactive contamination and
    nuclear proliferation, including effects from past and proposed
    uranium mining and processing.

    contact [at] dinenonukes [dot] org

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    uploaded date: 30-12-2014

  • New Requirements for Kiggavik project

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    Nunavut Impact Review Board releases report with suggestions from June technical meetings


    Miranda Scotland
    July 17, 2013

    BAKER LAKE  -  AREVA Resources Canada has received further direction on what to address in the Final Environmental Impact Statement for its proposed uranium project near Baker Lake.

    The Nunavut Impact Review Board set out an additional 25 requirements in a report released July 5.

    The suggestions are based on information that came as a result of the technical meetings held in June.

    At the time, the NIRB met with people in communities across the Kivalliq region.

    The board also met with organizations such as the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers.

    The proposed Kiggavik project would see an estimated 51,000 tonnes of uranium mined from a location 80 km west of Baker Lake.

    The mine site is estimated to have an operation life of 12 years.

    The additional requirements AREVA will have to address in its FEIS include:

    • Provide a draft plan for monitoring dust from the operation. Consider ways to manage ore and waste rock storage areas in order to prevent dust contaminants from being blown around.
    • Consider the effects the operation could have on caribou and ways to mitigate them to ensure the sustainability of the herds.
    • Collect more Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and consider how the knowledge might be weighted against scientific information. Also, look at how to integrate the knowledge into plans to reduce project-related affects on the environment.
    • Provide a more comprehensive analysis of labour force projections.
    • Include a draft wildlife mitigation and monitoring plan.

    AREVA is expected to submit the FEIS by Sept. 30, 2014.

    The impacted parties will then have a chance to present final written submissions and the company will be given time to respond.

    The final hearing will be scheduled at a later date, likely for 2015.

    "At this time, the board is not in a position to schedule the date of the final hearing as it is highly dependent on the actual date of the filing and acceptance of a complete FEIS submission," the NIRB stated in its report, adding the meeting will not take place in May or June given that many community members are expected to be out on the land.

    Baker Lake has been selected as the location for the hearing, although representatives from each of the potentially affected communities will have an opportunity to participate.

    In the meantime, the board is encouraging AREVA to meet with people in communities across the region.

    The report stated the information sessions should address the questions raised during the community roundtables and provide an overview of how the key conclusions in the FEIS were reached.



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    uploaded date: 22-07-2013

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

    uploaded by: samcc

    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.

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    uploaded date: 29-05-2012

  • New website launched for Nunavut uranium-watch organization Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit

    uploaded by: samcc

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

    Please take a look at Makita's great new website "Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit" 


    Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit is Nunavut's uranium-mining watchdog organization. Visit this website for the most up-to-date information about uranium mining in Nunavut! 

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    uploaded date: 09-05-2012

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    "Mining on Aboriginal lands...where vulnerable people are..."

    uploaded by: Marie-Hélène Cousineau

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

    Gordon Edwards, from the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsability, tells us that uranium mining is done on aboriginal lands where mining companies find vulnerable people; Dr Helen Caldicott agrees and talks about Australia. Joe Tigullaraq, running for NTI president, questions the NTI policy on uranium mining.

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    uploaded date: 29-11-2010