In its final hearing presentation yesterday, Makivik said it believes Baffinland’s 330m-long, double-hulled icebreaking ships could easily veer more than 30km from the proposed shipping lane and enter the south Hudson Strait—Nunavik waters—doing serious damage to the area’s indigenous marine life.… Uqalimakkanirit
Baffinland Witness is a collection of my impressions and experiences surrounding Canada’s largest-ever resource development proposal—Baffinland Iron Mines’ Mary River project—in the context of mining in general in Nunavut and Canada, both present and historic. While the project moves through the final stages of its review process before the Nunavut Impact Review Board, I will be talking to Inuit and non-Inuit throughout the region and posting their insights here. I hope my updates will outline, in a few vivid details, what it’s like to live in a region so important to Canada’s future, but which so few Canadians ever see.
I am grateful to IsumaTV’s Digital Indigenous Democracy project for the funding to produce this blog. Though IsumaTV graciously provided travel and accommodations support, this blog itself is voluntary. DID created the opportunity for me to observe the review process and connect what I see with the experiences of other indigenous communities, but I am not paid for my observations. I have no editor or publisher and my opinions are entirely my own. I hope you find them helpful.
You can find more of my writing at ashleighgaul.tumblr.com
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Mostly North Baffin Inuit from Igloolik, Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay and Clyde River remained at Iqaluit’s Cadet Hall last night to hear the end of government intervenors’ technical presentations on the Mary River project, nearly ten hours behind schedule.… Uqalimakkanirit
Hearing discussions on the Mary River project’s second day shifted focus from wildlife and environmental impacts to the project’s potential ramifications on individuals and communities; after a three-hour examination of the miner’s accident and emergency response plans, Baffinland introduced the panel that would determine whether all of the previously reviewed negative impacts… Uqalimakkanirit
Last Tuesday, QIA negotiator Paul Quassa spoke over Igloolik community radio to summarize the 24-article Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement (IIBA) offer the association made to Baffinland earlier this month. QIA expects to receive an answer from the mining company within the next month.… Uqalimakkanirit
For 11 years, Michelline and Samuelie Ammaq lived at a series of outpost camps along the south coast of Baffin Island with their four adopted children. Their three cabins and summer camps were clustered around the mouth of Steensby Inlet. Michelline tells what it was like to live there, and her thoughts about the future of the area, below:… Uqalimakkanirit