Baker Lake

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    uploaded by: IBC admin

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    Program: Qimavvik – was an Igloolik cultural show including storytelling, hunting and sewing techniques, legends, language, igloo building, etc.   

    Producer: Rankin Inlet and Baker Lake, Inuit Broadcasting, Nunavut
    Host: Celina Panika

    Segment 1: Baker Lake residents perform by drumming and singing ajajaa songs.

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    uploaded date: 21-03-2019

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    uploaded by: IBC admin

    channel: IBC

    Program: Qimavvik – was an Igloolik cultural show including storytelling, hunting and sewing techniques, legends, language, igloo building, etc.   

    Producer: Igloolik Inuit Broadcasting, Nunavut
    Host: Julie Ivalu

    Segment 1: Baker Lake, Nunavut, elder Ada Iyi’uaq Kingilik, recalls a story during times of local starvation.

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    uploaded date: 17-03-2019

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     Program: Takuyaksat – was a Baker Lake production involving cultural activities, storytelling, hunting, sewing, and legends.
    Producer: Baker Lake Inuit Broadcasting, Nunavut
    Host: Peter Tapati

    Segment 1: The Canadian Army visit Baker Lake to recruit new Canadian rangers and to drill and train the current rangers.

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    uploaded date: 16-03-2019

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     Program: Takuyaksat – was a Baker Lake production involving cultural activities, storytelling, hunting, sewing, and legends.
    Producer: Baker Lake Inuit Broadcasting, Nunavut
    Host: Barney Pattunguyak
    Interviewer: Micheal Haqpi

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    uploaded date: 16-03-2019

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     Producer: Baker Lake Inuit Broadcasting, Nunavut
    Host: Leah Aitauq

    Segment 1: Baker Lake elder, Bessie Iquginnaq Scottie, recounts a legend about a person who can transform into any animal. She tells how each animal feels or what it is thinking. When the animal is killed by a human and each time that happens, the person turns into another animal.

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    uploaded date: 16-03-2019

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    channel: IBC

     Program name: Qimaivvik

    Qimaivvik was a cultural show produced in Baker Lake or Igloolik, but included segments from all of IBC’s centres. Topics included: storytelling, hunting and sewing techniques, legends, language, and other traditional practices such as igloo building, etc.   

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    uploaded date: 02-02-2018

  • Nunavut youth in Ottawa give thumbs down to uranium mine

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    channel: DID News

    "I feel like our territory is in very good hands”


    OTTAWA — After a passionate debate last week over whether Nunavut should allow a uranium mine to go forward west of Baker Lake, students at the Ottawa-based Nunavut Sivuniksavut program decided that no, it isn’t worth it.

    Some emphasized the need for jobs and economic growth while mitigating impacts on the environment. Others argued the marine and terrestrial environment are too vital to the Kivalliq’s future to be threatened by uranium mining.

    In the end, they seemed to side with people like Nicole Hachey from Baker Lake.

    “I don’t think the mine should go ahead,” said Hachey, 18, during a conference call from the NS school in downtown Ottawa Dec. 13.

    “There is already a gold mine operating now and it’s going good and it’s given people jobs and opportunities, but it’s also increased the alcohol and drug rates in the community and it’s hurting families.”

    She said people are also concerned about caribou migration through the area, and worry that another mine will entice people to drop out of school and work menial jobs at the mine, creating short-sighted dependency on jobs that won’t last.

    Areva Resources is in the final stages of approval for Nunavut’s first uranium mine, about 80 kilometres west of Baker Lake.

    The potential mine, estimated to hold about 51,000 tonnes of uranium, would be located at two sites, Kiggavik and Sissons, and it would include a total of four open-pit mines, an underground mine and a processing mill.

    Proposed infrastructure would consist of a landing strip, worker accommodation, access roads to Baker Lake and between the two sites, and a dock and storage facility at Baker Lake.

    The NS debate was held as part of the students’ Land Claims I course, which is currently covering the institutions of public government: the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Nunavut Water Board, the Nunavut Planning Commission, and the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

    Acting as members of the NIRB, students had to read through all the background documents and public comments submitted to the NIRB so far as well as the Areva Resources proposal, said NS instructor Dan Guay.

    “It’s very complicated stuff,” Guay said. “I have the highest regard for our students, but I was amazed that they met this challenge head on and ran with it.”

    Each student then had to make a speech explaining what side they were on and why.

    Because of the number of students enrolled in NS, the class is split into two. Guay said a majority of students in both classes were against the mine.

    Two women who disagreed with the majority, and supported the mine, were Marley Dunkers and Uliipika Irngaut.

    Dunkers pointed to the huge high school drop-out rate in the territory and the number of Nunavummuit on welfare.

    She said so long as Inuit require Areva to adhere to strict mitigation plans and then monitor the outcomes, there’s no reason Nunavut can’t benefit from the jobs and prosperity that would come from the mine.

    “I think it should go ahead with conditions,” said Dunkers, 20. “We’re learning a lot about the land claims here at NS.  We’re learning about what we should do to figure out a plan for the future. If we make a proper safety plan, and talked about it with elders and community members, we can discuss proper mitigation.”

    Irngaut, 18, agreed. “I believe it’s good because obviously there aren’t a lot of jobs available and that’s always a problem in Nunavut,” she said.

    “Two weeks on, two weeks off, is perfect. You get to spend time with your kids and your family and then you work for two weeks, make money for your family.”

    But Dunkers and Irngaut stressed that wildlife and environmental concerns would have to be addressed before they would support the mine.

    Dunkers said she appreciated the opportunity to speak her mind and be honest without fear of being belittled or criticized. She said too often, youth are told to speak up but then their voices are ignored.

    “Everyone always says youth are tomorrow,” Irngaut added, to punctuate the thought. “But youth are today. We are here today.”

    Guay said the big lesson he wanted students to take away was that, sure, these decisions are complex, multi-faceted and filled with emotion but back in the 1970s, Ottawa or Yellowknife would have decided what to do whereas now, it’s up to Inuit to decide their own fate.

    And if NS students are any indication, the future is bright.

    “It gave me a lot of hope for the future of Nunavut. Our northern youth are so smart and just seeing these guys in action through our debate just re-emphasized that for me, just how capable our young people are,” he said.

    “Whatever they decide in the future, whether it’s uranium mining or something else, I feel like our territory is in very good hands.”


    #1. Posted by Bob on December 16, 2013

    “She said people are also concerned about caribou migration through the area, and worry that another mine will entice people to drop out of school and work menial jobs at the mine, creating short-sighted dependency on jobs that won’t last.”

    Instead, they can stay at home, sleep in every day, still not go to school, collect welfare, and still do all the booze and drugs that they want to.

    It’s sad that when the choice is between work or welfare, that many people are choosing welfare.

    #2. Posted by Yup on December 16, 2013

    These kids are free to express their opinions.  But I hope we aren’t taking economic advice from them.

    Someone has to pay for the social housing and social assistance.

    #3. Posted by North Star on December 16, 2013

    Good to hear this kind of learning happening now. This is long overdue, Nunavut Gov’t should be teaching our kids political science that affects our children (northern flavor). Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, if we don’t educate our kids what they need to know and learn, Nunavut will keep spending millions on lawyers, consultants, and other profeesionals with regards to the N.L.C.A.

    #4. Posted by That Guy on December 16, 2013

    It’s easier to cast aspersions on an entire race than it is to consider that students (clearly people who are not on welfare, and who aren’t living on social assistance) may not agree with their worldview.

    Commenters like #1 and #2 find it easier to live in a black and white world where “they” (meaning “we”) are a monolithic, one-dimensional population.

    It must eat them up inside that Inuit own all this land.

    Désoleé :(

    #5. Posted by Realist on December 16, 2013

    Don’t be too hard on these kids. Most of them are social promotion victims who are flown to directly Ottawa for an NS program that gives them no real education but lots of propaganda. Forgive them.

    Fortunately, their leaders at NTI and KIA and the other Inuit organizatinos have a better understanding of Nunavut’s economic needs, which is why the Inuit leaders support the mine. The leaders just know a lot more. This is why older people are leaders and young kids like these are not leaders.

    #6. Posted by Somebody on December 16, 2013

    I don’t know about you guys, but what Nicole said is in fact very true. The risks of uranium contamination to the environment, wildlife and people are not worth an economy boost in the immediate area. Especially if AREVA decides to store the waste on site for hundreds of years. The community will reap the benefits from the uranium currently, how will their future kids and grand kids deal with the contamination that cause cancer and birth defects?  There are many ways to create jobs that create income, don’t depend on the worst possible exploration proposal.

    What about investing in tourism and Inuit art for example?

    #7. Posted by Kathryn on December 16, 2013

    I am a student here at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, and you guys might think that we are learning nothing but YOU GUYS ARE WRONG. A lot of things we are learning what people in our communities should have taught us about our culture we are learning here, things about our people we are learning here. And just a point of view those minerals that are going to be mined ARE NOT GOING ANYWHERE so whats the rush? Aren’t the caribou what inuit depend on for traditional food? what abut wolf or foxes those are what we depend on too and they are going to be affected and if the inuit lose those what are we going to turn to?

    Just saying as a Nunavut Sivuniksavut student

    #8. Posted by Bob on December 16, 2013

    @4 It’s not “me” that’s casting aspersions on an entire race. I just repeated what the students themselves said and put it into context.

    The “jobs” are not “forcing” people to drink and get high. They’re doing that anyway.  All the public health indicators in Nunavut support that.

    How can you know they are clearly not on welfare/social assistance by reading this article? Just by looking at their picture?  I don’t think it matters either way if they were on it or not.  There is the fact that a large number of people in Nunavut are on social assistance. There was an article in NN the other day about it.

    The fact is that jobs are desperately needed in Nunavut right now to support its growing population, what it has now is not enough.

    Why would it eat me up that you own the land? Even with the land, you’re still getting billions of dollars from the south. I’d rather see Nunavut self sufficient, which mining could help with.

    #9. Posted by I'm still here on December 16, 2013

    It’s hard to imagine kids anywhere coming out in favour of a uranium mine. This is an unsurprising and predictable outcome. I’m impressed by the two who came out in favour of the mine though, their thoughts seem well balanced to me, and they’ve obviously defended an unpopular position. Good for them.

    There are a couple parts of this story I found quite bizarre however. First, that the drug and alcohol rate has increased with the operation of a gold mine in Baker Lake is plausible, but is this problem ‘caused’ by the mine, as implied above? Of course not. The mine has increased the wealth of the community, and so the correlation exists, but only by people’s choices.

    Also, that “another mine will entice people to drop out of school and work menial jobs at the mine, creating short-sighted dependency” seems like poor rationale against job creation.

    It might be true because of the low value given to education, but what’s the option, welfare?

    #10. Posted by Inuk on December 16, 2013

    You think that NS students aren’t leaders, and that they aren’t learning anything? From my experience, NS people do learn things that you probably don’t know crap about.

    Why would you have such a cold heart to put down people who are actually trying to make a living for the Inuit’s future?? One day you’ll see one of the NS students running the territory of Nunavut, and you’ll regret what you said. Maybe you guys will even be working for them? Haha.

    #11. Posted by Leeanne on December 16, 2013

    Young kids like us?!? OMG! You’re not not going to live forever, as youth we need to take role. Theres a reason why we are in this school, learning about how to deal with all of this. Dude we’re the future of Nunavut. We want to keep our land and our culture food.

    If the mine were to open more and more people will be into drugs and alcohol more then ever. 

    Older people are our leaders but when there gone who’s going to be the leaders? Us (the youth). Thats why we are here so we will be the leader. Read the Land Claims Agreement, Art.5 is the biggest, its about NWMB, in order to have our animals we NEED the land!

    Commenter #5 
    “Don’t be too hard on these kids. Most of them are social promotion victims who are flown to directly Ottawa for an NS program that gives them no real education but lots of propaganda. Forgive them”
    Wow I’m not sure who you think you are, but hack I dare you to go check out the school and see if its not real education.

    #12. Posted by George Sallerina on December 16, 2013

    To post number 5 I am A student of NS and we are getting a great eduaction.

    Realist don’t comment on something you dont know about. Inuit have great Inuit organizations that work hard for both the land and it’s people. Also our Inuit elders now that made our land claims were in their early 20’s our age. All students in NS are between 17 and 25 learning about the rights that we have as Inuit.

    #13. Posted by Youth on December 16, 2013

    Nunavut Sivuniksavut is very much an educational program, and to say ‘young leaders like these are not leaders’ is a big way to crush youths opportunities to speak up and given a voice in problems that are concerning them…

    #14. Posted by Somebody on December 16, 2013

    I understand that in some communities there is no choice but to live on welfare and that Nunavut is in dire need of an economic boost. I understand that people need income to feed their children and to live comfortably. But in all honesty, why should we be depending on outside sources such as companies like AREVA to provide income? Inuit at one point use to live self sufficiently with nothing but the land and wildlife as their only resources. Inuit were inventive and innovative, they invented some of the worlds best hunting tools such as the buoy and the toggle head sakku. Uranium is dangerous. Uranium tailings and waste rock remain radioactive for thousands of years. It can contaminate the environment, the wildlife and the people. Although science has found solutions to help prevent contamination for this generation, it does not mean the science will remain effective for out grandchildren and their children. Research also shows that there is already approx. 200 million nuclear waste

    #15. Posted by Somebody on December 16, 2013

    Rods that need to be stored in the Canadian Shield in tunnel systems and that uranium will only be used for approx another 40 years as a power source.

    Why should we invest in something that is only a temporary fix? Why not invest in something that will be around forever such as wind, solar and tidal power?

    There are other, safer ways to generate income, it just might take being inventive and innovative.

    #16. Posted by just sayin' on December 16, 2013

    Great to hear intelligent young NS students articulating their thoughts on important issues of today and tomorrow—and politely disagreeing when it turns out that they have reached different conclusions.

    It’s enough to give one a glimmer of hope for the future.

    #17. Posted by Inukman on December 16, 2013

    Look! The inuit leaders were in their mid 20’s that were fighting for our own territory! isn’t that young? there are more people who are actually working at RIOs went to Nunavut Sivuniksavut! youngest MLA went to NS. just around 30s! and Tommy Akulujuk 29 year old, young adult who just got recently elected was in NS. look, young inuit taking part of their believes for nunavut! yes NUNAVUT! there is one inuk person who went to NS is a guard for Parliament Building!

    I am a student at NS and i think that we should be support more about our ideas because one day, we will be your leaders. our leaders today won’t be leaders for long.

    #18. Posted by ᐊᐸᕐᖃ on December 16, 2013

    As a student attending Nunavut Sivuniksavut, which by the way is a great program, I could not just sit here and bite my tongue about the comments. It’s ironic because people tell us to raise our voices, to chase our dreams and then say disheartening comments like #4. “No real education, but lots of propaganda?” “Social promotion victims?” We have learned a lot, more than we would have if we stayed home. It’s really discouraging to see comments like these. But we are the future, that’s inevitable. We are standing up to our opinions. Some of the students are worked up, we won’t just sit here and be criticized.

    #19. Posted by Somebody on December 16, 2013

    Apaqqa!!!! XD

    #20. Posted by Bill on December 16, 2013

    I hope they teach writing at NS, some of the commentators above could use a course or two if they really want to lead Nunavut into the future.

    #21. Posted by Bob on December 16, 2013

    @15 “Why should we invest in something that is only a temporary fix? Why not invest in something that will be around forever such as wind, solar and tidal power?”

    Because none of those sources with the exception of tidal is really viable for Nunavut.  A community needs to have “reliable baseload power”. This means a certain amount of power that is available 100% of the time.  The sun goes up, the sun goes down, so that it’s not solar.  Wind turbines oddly enough can’t be used when it’s too windy. Plus, ice is an issue and climbing to the top of these things for regular maintenance isn’t easy given the weather.

    There’s been a proposal to build hydro dams near Iqaluit. The QIA is against it because apparently it interferes with one of their member’s favorite fishing spots…

    Watch a movie called “Pandora’s Promise” if you want a factual look at the benefits of nuclear power.

    #22. Posted by Nkc on December 16, 2013

    NS is a great program that has benefited Inuit students by helping them learn& understand about what Inuit have faced during the years to create Nunavut& help Nunavut reach where it is now. The students taking the program that have had this debate have their own opinions of why they would say yes or no to the uranium mine and that is their opinion, it was just a class not the actual debate. Who are you to say that it isn’t real learning when it has helped students become more successful in life by helping give them a better education to get a better future. NS is their first step out of high school. Taking NS is better than staying home, being on welfare and doing nothing with their lives. If that’s what most people see they should take a look at the NS website, watch the videos and see where ns has taken most of its students and how it’s helped them.

    #23. Posted by Somebody on December 16, 2013

    Thanks #21. 
    A question, I know this could probably be a costly idea, but what if there was a combination of all three sources? The maintenance could be an issue but this could create more jobs for those who are in need would it not? I may not know all the facts, but I am interested in learning. 
    If there were a system that could cover off each power source when one wasn’t working due to no sunlight for example, a tidal source could perhaps kick in? Is that even possible?

    #24. Posted by Emotions Called Debate? on December 17, 2013

    Interesting the students are ok with gold mine, as when a gold mine is closed company can walk away leaving tailing ponds as is – company doesn’t have to monitor it for decades after. Or have financial plan with funding in place to draw from for decommissioning a mine after mine has been closed or walked away.

    Uranium mine before the licensing of the mine, a full decommissioning plan must be in place with financial guarantee in place, to be drawn from over decades during decommissioning the mine after it has ended. 

    The students are ok with continued burning of fossil fuels, dumping tons of Co2 into the air for electricity production? Without looking at Micro Nuclear Electrical Power Generators (handles baseload) benefiting Nunavut? Heard from Canadian Nuclear Association, Canada Nuclear Safety Commission, Areva,NIRB?

    Considered warming Kivalliq possibly causing caribou to leave area? Heard of Baker Lake drinking alcohol, cigarette smoking decades before mine?

    #25. Posted by What?!? on December 17, 2013

    This seems to be a sensitive issue.  For those discussing the possibility of using nuclear as energy source, think twice! Northerners all know that the new vehcile models (all makes) have modern technologies that will work for few weeks and then the sensors start acting up thus your investment in desperate need of a mechanic, which requires an education that you claim that we don’t have. Now imagine this, say Nunavut got into nuclear energy and we all know dealing with nuclear requires know it all. God forbid the natural disaster. Again, you claim we don’t have education, who else would be able to maintain nuclear energy at -30 to -45C? We all know what happened at Japan’s Fukushima power plant! Problems with containing it and Japan now in dire need of help globally. Now get this, you guys even cannot work together based on comments above. WOW!

    #26. Posted by Replying to #23 on December 17, 2013

    #23 I am not #21 and will reply to your questions.  A combination of all 3 electrical generating ideas still wouldn’t work as it all comes down to baseload as #21 said.  Base-load is what the power grid can handle steadily hour after hour day after day without causing a black out. 
    Creating jobs for electrical power generation would increase power rates, above the current burning of oil.  All would demand lower rates and go back to burning of fossil fuels.  Alternative electrical generation is to get away from burning oil or coal both creating tons of Co2.  It’s urgent now as world has almost hit the 2 degree rise in temperature mark.  Hit 4-6 degrees above, world goes on but humans may not because land can’t grow crops or animals. Google Micro Nuclear Power Generators. A $100,000 unit can handle baseload power for BL over 25 years,  possible lower power rate, no flooding land, no oil burning, by using tiny bit of uranium. Refreshing #23 you’re thirsty for knowledge.

    #27. Posted by Iqaluit on December 17, 2013

    @25 Comparing 3rd and 4th generation nuclear power plants with Fukushima really demonstrates that you do not know anything about modern nuclear power plants. Fukushima was built in the late 1960’s-early 1970’s and was a water cooled design.

    The only similarity between Fukushima and a 4th generation plant is that both are referred to as “nuclear power plants”.  4th generation plants don’t even use water for cooling, and have passive instead of active cooling systems in place which are inherently safer.

    The micro nuclear plants that an earlier poster mentioned don’t even need onsite monitoring.  Between the fiber optic line that would be online in less than 2 years, and a satellite for backup, there’d be enough bandwidth to ensure coverage.

    The temperature “outside” has nothing to do with the running of a nuclear plant “inside” since the power lines it uses are the same ones that exist now.

    Going nuclear would make more sense than continuing to run diesel generators 24/7.

    #28. Posted by Ethelanne on December 17, 2013

    I’m currently an NS student!.It’s specifically for getting us ready for college life! Pre-college I’d call this(Nunavut Sivuniksavut)program…We get great experience learning reality(Budget money,paying bills etc), getting familiar with city life and being away from home for a long period of time for the first. This program is a great opportunity to prepare us for College. I sure hope this program keeps going!

    #29. Posted by Putuguk on December 17, 2013

    Good gracious, this is just a critical thinking exercise that every college or university student would do. An excellent teaching method and well worth doing.

    However, we need the follow through. All the IPGs being studied at NS make decisions on a TK, technical and scientific basis. All these areas of thought require huge amounts of subject matter knowledge.

    For Inuit to be an effective part of the process, NS Students should be going on to study the sciences, engineering and living on the land. Knowing the NLCA is a good start, but it is not enough.

    If we want to be fully involved in these types of decisions, we need Inuit doctors, engineers and physicists. NS Students; please do not stop, keep going after finishing NS and continue with University and College.

    #30. Posted by h s p on December 17, 2013

    How many NS grads go on and graduate from university?

    How many NS students hold down meaningful full time jobs after either partially completing or completing NS?

    What is the first year drop out rate for NS students?

    Nunavut HS does not prepare Nunavut students for college or university.

    And way too much racism on this thread (again). Bloody southerners should stop being so bitter.

    #31. Posted by Bob on December 17, 2013

    @30 It’s funny that in your rush to call out racism in these responses, where in fact the responses are just pointing out facts based on evidence, that you make a somewhat racist remark yourself by painting all southerners with the same brush.

    #32. Posted by really? on December 17, 2013

    Pandora’s promise is a load of garbage. It’s unscientific propaganda for the nuclear industry.

    The realities of climate change and carbon emissions are so much more complex. Nuclear is no ‘quick fix’—it isn’t capable of resolving the climate crisis. It’s also overly expensive. It also creates a TONNE of very very dangerous waste that must be stored forever.

    Bob, if you want to be taken seriously, do some real homework.

    #33. Posted by 5 + 5 = 9 on December 17, 2013

    Almost 30 years now, I think we are about to see big changes at NS and I hope so.  NS is no different than any institution except they are very good in advertising and looks good from afar.  When I look at NU leaders I admire them, self-made leaders with combination of strong home and strong self.  #30 general public below 60 does not know NS I think the north is talking.  Not many schools with 50 students or less operate with their own board and with 6 to 10 instructors…....success rate should be 80% or higher for both yr. 1 & 2.  It would be interesting, if the former Inuit staff were also interviewed.

    #34. Posted by Bob on December 17, 2013

    @32 The only people criticizing it are people who are funded by Big Oil and environmentalists whose heads are buried in the sand.  The science in it is quite sound.

    Nuclear is the “only” method that’s capable of seriously addressing the climate crisis. It’s zero emission.  It’s only expensive because we don’t build reactors in great quantities yet.  The science of 4th generation nuclear reactors is inherently safe.  And if you knew anything about 4th generation nuclear, you’d know that the waste that is created lasts only a few hundred years (with present technology) compared to the thousands of years that present nuclear waste can last.

    Renewables like wind and solar are just not practical for the power needs of 24/7 communities, especially in the Arctic.  Nuclear wouldn’t be as expensive if it was adopted more. It’s all about scale. You build one of something, it costs a lot, you build hundreds of the same thing, costs go down.

    #35. Posted by What?!? on December 17, 2013

    #34, it’s called mass produced!

    #27: monitoring remotely, are you serious? Since we are dealing with nuclear energy, on-site monitoring would be ideal, better yet I would demand on-site monitoring.  Say something happened and it would take two days to get to a community, especially as remote as Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay! I live in a community where I know two government owned buildings are monitored remotely and there is always some technical glitch to it. On few occassions the remote monitor did not do its work.  When maintenance personnel did their rounds, sure enough there was a problem with the system and the remote monitor did not pick up the problem.  Now, having to remotely monitor nuclear energy, that is a disaster waiting to happend like a ticking bomb.

    #36. Posted by North Star on December 17, 2013

    For the NS students watching this thread. Stay in school! Hope all or most of you will return to NS or continue in your schooling, the education will continue when you get into the workforce. Uranium mining is a sensitive issue as you can read in the thread.

    Educate youselves, look at where you are now whether it be social passing or hard earned work/studies and years of going through the much discussed education system in Nunavut. (Sounds like most of you should be on welfare, drinking, doing drugs, being part of dysfuctional familes)Like all young generations around the world you are caught in a changing world. I’m sure there were mistakes when Rome was being built, and you can look at the canadian government even after 200+ years of governing, there are still issues we deal with today. 50+ years for Nunavut self government, hang in there students, you are becoming part of a fast changing world! You can have the best of both worlds! Reach for the stars!

    #37. Posted by Somebody on December 17, 2013

    I still dont like the idea of depending on scientific technologies to insure that the environment will not be contaminated. I mean look at what happened in the golf of Mexico, the EIS said that it was unlikely that something catastrophic would happens to harm the environment and wildlife. Maybe I just won’t budge on my standpoint where I believe nuclear energy is a bad idea. 
    After all generators were invented and are placed in building where power is absolutely necessary to function. Nunavut still experiences power outages from time to time and it hasn’t caused any major issues that I know of. Maybe having occasional power outages will give people of break from technology and be forced to actually spend time with each other? Overall, I can’t seem to articulate any major negative impacts on solar, wind and tidal power.

    #38. Posted by just sayin' on December 17, 2013

    “Bob”, you crazy guy: Nuclear power is only “zero emission” if you ignore everything involved in mining uranium, refining uranium (massively energy intensive), building the reactor, operating the reactor, decommissioning the reactor, and storing the high-level nuclear wastes (which neither Canada nor the US has yet found a safe way to do, despite having spent billions trying). And all the transportation for all of the involved. The total emissions of nuclear power generation are massively greater than zero!

    #39. Posted by Denise Bélanger on December 17, 2013

    To Inuit students: REMEMBER YOUR CULTURAL IDENTITY.  LOVE FROM YOUR FAMILIES AND FOR YOURSELF. The future is yours’ and all good come your way. smile

    #40. Posted by Bob on December 17, 2013

    @37 I don’t quite get your argument.

    You say you don’t want to depend of scientific technology to ensure the environment will not be contaminated, so what’s your alternative? It seems to me that the only alternative would be to…completely abandon the use of technology…which isn’t a feasible option.

    If you’re talking about the big oil spill in the Gulf, something like that is possible in every Nunavut community since they all use diesel generators.

    All those generators use millions of liters of diesel fuel every year.  All that exhaust is going into the air we breathe.  People are afraid of nuclear because they are un informed for the most part.

    The power outages in Nunavut are causing major problems. They fry electronics, the lack of heat bursts pipes, people can’t work leading to hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost productivity.  An extended outage would be life threatening.

    Solar and wind aren’t viable for the reasons stated earlier.

    #41. Posted by Bob on December 17, 2013

    @38 Nuclear power produces zero carbon emissions during the entire energy production process.

    The burning of fossil fuels produce massive amounts of emissions during the mining of the fuels, and during the burning of the fuels during the energy production process. So not once, but twice here.

    Refining uranium is not massively energy intensive when you use nuclear power in the first place.

    Building and operating the nuclear power plant itself is not that different from other types of electrical generating plants. Everything that you talk about applies to regular power plants as well for the most part.

    As I said earlier, the nuclear waste from new 4th generation plants under development lasts only a century or two. The carbon emissions that coal and diesel plants emit stays in the atmosphere for “hundreds” of years, and warms the planet as well.

    There is way more transportation involved with fossil fuel plants than nuclear, emitting more emissions.

    #42. Posted by mack on December 17, 2013

    LIGHTEN UP PEOPLE,they are stimulating debate,for and against, by the way bob, thanks, you have given me more info to think about, sounds like you know what your talking about,

    #43. Posted by critic on December 17, 2013


    You are quite the fan of nuclear power. Aside from all the benefits of nuclear power you see (no bad aspects, at all, apparently?), let me change the subject.

    Would you like to live near a Uranium mine? Would you like to work at a Uranium mine? Would you like to ship uranium across your home country land?

    That is what the AREVA proposal is about. Not just about making power. It is about mining, transporting, and cleaning up Uranium contamination. In Nunavut.

    There are no uranium mines close to southern communities, ie. non-native towns, in Canada. All uranium mined in Canada today is from Aboriginal territory. I wonder why?  Maybe it is because, when Uranium exploration or mining is proposed near non-native towns, people freak out. No way, they say.

    If you are going to recommend pandora’s promise (pro-uranium), then I will recommend this article about it:

    ps.u with nti?

    #44. Posted by critic on December 17, 2013

    Bob, on the Nuclear electricity argument….

    Nuclear advocates (like bob) start from a premise that nuke is the only feasible replacement to fossil fuels, especially coal.

    Yet, other non-fossil alternatives clearly WORK and DO exist. So implicitly, debate reduces to cost. What’s it cost to reduce carbon emissions? What’s the cheapest, fastest way to do it?

    Nuclear has risks that renewables and efficiency do not. Among them cancer, genetic defects, accidents, terrorism and nuclear weapons proliferation (not to be disregarded considering Iran, Iraq, Pakistan,India, N Korea). In Nunavut’s case, possible contamination of caribou calving/post calving grounds forever.

    Whatever advantages nuclear has over renewables are presumably worth the additional lost lives & impaired health, or we won’t choose one over the other.

    #45. Posted by Bob on December 18, 2013

    @43 To your 3 questions… would I like to do it? I’ll admit it’s not in my present skill sets but if I had no other job or career, sure I would.

    There have been mines in Ontario and Saskatchewan.  ( 

    @44 Non fossil alternatives can work “in some instances”, but they simply lack the ability to produce the amount of power that is required for most large communities, especially if those communities have heavy industrial plants.  Most renewables with the exception of hydro/tidal aren’t feasible for Nunavut either.

    Making solar panels is a pretty toxic process by the way.

    You talk about lives lost. How about when the planet warms up by another 2 degrees over the next century? The permafrost melts, which then increases globlal temps another 6-8 degrees.  Then you’re talking massive flooding and population die offs from starvation…yeah I’d choose nuclear any day with that prospective outcome.

    #46. Posted by Critic on December 18, 2013


    You’re correct, there have been uranium mines in the south. Only past producers in Ontario. Uranium mining banned in BC and Quebec. What do they know that we don’t? Or do we need the money more than them?
    I guess this depends on your viewpoint, and what you are prepared to sacrifice for money. Caribou? Nuna? Health? Water?

    It is a waste of money too.

    “Nuclear’s main problem is economics, which its supporters seem oddly unwilling to discuss, opting instead for one lay psychological diagnosis of their opponents after another. The subject of economics is broached passingly, if at all…

    ...It is the most socialist of all energy industries, propped up by governments everywhere it exists….

    ...Nuke plants are hellishly expensive to finance, build, insure, and decommission. It’s one of the most expensive ways to reduce carbon emissions and it’s not getting any cheaper.”

    Google Deline Uranium. Google Navajo Uranium. Google Aborigine Uranium. Read and think.

    #47. Posted by Max on December 18, 2013

    This is the problem with people who make climate change “the” environmental issue. They’re willing to do anything to address it, without any regard for what sort of toxic radioactive crap they leave behind. Further, when climate change is “the” issue, people assume it can be fixed without fundamentally changing society.

    To actually address climate change, without causing a host of other environmental injustices, requires us to dramatically change the way we organize ourselves economically. We live in a system where planned obsolescence, massive amounts of waste, and global chains of manufacturing are necessary.

    If we can move beyond those problems, to a system that focuses on human needs and environmental health rather than corporate profits, we’d be going in the right direction. A simple technical shift to nuclear is NOT the answer.


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  • A proposed uranium mine in Nunavut is causing concern in Saskatchewan

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: DID News

    The Athabasca Denesuline don't want the uranium moving through — or over — their traditional territory.

    At issue is Areva Resources’ Kiggavik project near Baker Lake.

    Areva proposes to fly concentrated uranium from Kiggavik to northern Saskatchewan, then move it from there by truck and train.

    In a letter to the Nunavut Impact Review Board, the Athabasca Denesuline say they’re worried about possible accidents and "irreversible destruction" to the environment.

    Barry McCallum of Areva says the concerns are overblown.

    “Impacts to wildlife would be expected to be low, localized and temporary,” he says. “Because spills are relatively easy to clean up. And that's all in the draft environmental impact statement"

    Areva plans to fly about 5,000 tonnes of concentrated uranium each year the 800 km from Kiggavik to Points North, Sask., likely using a Hercules C-130 aircraft. 

    That would average almost one plane load per day.

    The Athabasca Denesuline says the flight path would be almost entirely over their traditional territory.

    Nobody from the Athabasca Denesuline was available to speak to CBC.

    The Kiggavik project is still under review.

    Areva hopes to start mining by 2020, at the earliest.

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  • Nolinor win air contract for Mary River Project

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    Nolinor, local partner win air contract for Nunavut’s Mary River project

    Cargo-passenger service based out of Kitchener-Waterloo


    A new joint-venture alliance between Nolinor, a Quebec-based charter airline and Sarvaq Logistics, an expediting and freight firm at the Iqaluit International Airport, plans to run two flights a week from the airport at Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont. to northern Baffin Island.

    Two Boeing 737s will fly to Nunavut with cargo and passengers to a mining project that multiple sources have identified as the Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s Mary River iron mine project.

    But Dave Morgan, the director of charter operations at Nolinor, said he cannot release the name of the company yet due to contractual obligations.

    But he said he’s looking forward to the first flight north on Sept. 16, which will carry cargo and 119 passengers

    Nolinor’s flights will depart in the morning from the Kitchener-Waterloo airport and on their way up stop at Iqaluit, where Frobisher Bay Touchdown Services will provide refueling and other services.

    If bad weather prevents the flights to and from the mine from taking off again, passengers will stay in Iqaluit, Morgan said.

    Nolinor now has joint ventures across the North to take advantage of mining exploration and production: in the Kitikmeot region, where it recently established a base in Yellowknife with Kitikmeot Aviation, in the Kivalliq region with Sarliaq Holdings Ltd, where their joint venture provides transportation for the Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, and in Nunavik, with Developpements Aputik.

    “We want to grow across the Arctic,” Morgan said.

    Nolinor’s efforts in working with local people has generated positive response and feedback, he said.

    Many people he’s met in the North also welcome a new player, Morgan said,  saying his company’s presence breaks what he called “the monopoly in Arctic aviation.”

    The new flights could also open new charter opportunities for people traveling from the North.

    Nolinor and one of its partners could, for example, offer flights from one of its northern destinations to Kitchener-Waterloo when the 737s (three now and another one set to arrive shortly) are not flying.

    As well, members of the public could even “crowd-source” flights, Morgan suggested, by selling seats to a flight online, which has been done successfully in other places.


    COMMENTS on Nunatsiaq Online

    September 11, 2013

    #1. Posted by Just a thought... on September 09, 2013

    If the charter flights ended up being cheaper than YFB-YOW-YYZ, I’d fly to KW all the time! Let’s do it, Nolinor!

    #2. Posted by Numbers on September 09, 2013

    If #s were to be determined by random bookings…

    ABout $200,000 in costs.

    At 112 people, that’s $1700+ in cheap tickets, totalling the investment.

    And really, are the students and people of the KWA really ready for the people of Canada’s newest territory?

    More importantly, the reciprocal?  Bon appetitit, Waterloo!

    #3. Posted by Charter on September 10, 2013

    To #1 - do you know how charters work? You won’t be on it unless you work for the mine or a contractor. This arrangement will do nothing for the people of Nunavut.

    #4. Posted by Just a thought... on September 10, 2013

    #3, I am quite aware of how charters work. In case you missed the following, I’ll post it.

    “The new flights could also open new charter opportunities for people traveling from the North.

    Nolinor and one of its partners could, for example, offer flights from one of its northern destinations to Kitchener-Waterloo when the 737s (three now and another one set to arrive shortly) are not flying.

    As well, members of the public could even “crowd-source” flights, Morgan suggested, by selling seats to a flight online, which has been done successfully in other places.”


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  • 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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  • Baker Lake HTO still wants public vote on Areva uranium project

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News


    Nunavut July 15, 2013

    Editor’s note: The Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization sent this letter July 4 to the Nunavut Impact Review Board. They asked that it be published in Nunatsiaq News.

    The Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization participated in the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s community roundtable and pre-hearing conference for Areva’s proposed Kiggavik uranium project.

    The HTO would like to express several concerns with the structure of these meetings.

    During the meetings, the NIRB stated that the purpose of the community roundtable was to hear community concerns and to see if the communities opposed or supported Areva’s proposal.

    However, the HTO is concerned that the structure of the meetings resulted in a biased discussion, so the NIRB may not have an accurate picture of what the community feels about Areva’s proposal.

    The meetings were held in the spring, when many families in Baker Lake are busy fishing and preparing dried fish and dried meat out at their camps.

    The meetings were mostly held during working hours. Many people who work full-time or depend on fish and caribou did not attend the meetings. The NIRB did not hear their perspectives.

    The time allotted for community questions was also very tight. Some community members were able to dominate the floor, speaking many times, while many others were never given an opportunity to speak.

    The format of the community roundtable was also an issue. Community members were told to ask questions to Areva. Areva answered questions and responded to concerns like any mining company would. They told people not to worry, that they’d take care of any problems, and reassured us that everything would be okay.

    The NIRB staff was present, as were many intervening parties, but they mostly stayed out of the discussion, as they were never called upon. As a result Areva’s staff were left to guide the discussion and were allowed to steer the discussion in a very positive direction for them.

    Many Inuit in Baker Lake have complained that they do not feel comfortable voicing concerns directly to the mining industry. They feel intimidated to voice opposition because Areva’s staff of experts provide answers that make them feel stupid for opposing Areva.

    These experts are well-coached in public speaking and are trained to talk circles around the rest of us. If the interevening groups were allowed to participate more, the conversation may have been quite different.

    Instead of having community members ask Areva questions, community members could have had a day to discuss their concerns with the intervening groups.

    They could have had the opportunity to ask these groups if they agree with Areva’s assessment and if the intervening groups though Areva’s promises of jobs and environmental protection were possible.

    This would have given the community a chance to discuss their concerns with independent parties that reviewed the Areva’s proposal. It would also have resulted in a much more critical discussion of what Areva is proposing.

    The community has had many opportunities to discuss their concerns directly with Areva. As Areva said in their presentation, they have already held hundreds of “community engagement events” since they came into Baker Lake. In a way, the community round table ended up being another community engagement opportunity for Areva.

    While community members did have an opportunity to ask questions to the intervener groups during the pre-hearing conference, the pre-hearing conference was very rushed and there was very little time for community questions and concerns to be discussed.

    Some community members have also become very disheartened because they have shared their concerns and sometimes opposition many times before, but it does not seem to have any effect.

    Some people feel they’ve been consulted to death on this topic, and that the process will continue to move along no matter what they say. After almost eight years of sharing concerns and opposition, many people are wondering what the point is in speaking out at meetings.

    Due to these issues, the HTO is concerned that the NIRB got a very inaccurate view of the community’s perspective on Areva’s proposal. Many residents of Baker Lake are still opposed to mining uranium at Kiggavik.

    As the Baker Lake HTO suggested in our presentation to the pre-hearing conference, a public vote is the only thing that could accurately determine how the majority of the community feels about Areva’s proposal.

    Hugh Ikoe
    Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organization


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  • 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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