• 1h 28m 34s

    June Mary River Technical Hearings Summary Part 2, July 4th, 2019

    uploaded by: clairelittoncohn

    channel: Igloolik Radio Online

    Lucy Tulugarjuk with a guest Isabelle Gilles discuss the Mary River Phase 2 Technical Hearings that took place in June, 2019 in Iqaluit. In this show they talk about the topics of the social impacts of the mine on the community and the effect of the mine on women. They also discuss effects of the mine on narwhale, the speed of the speed of the ships, and black carbon. 

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    uploaded date: 25-07-2019

  • 29m 23s


    uploaded by: IBC admin

    channel: IBC 2

    Program name: Inuusivut
    Producer: Rankin Inlet - Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
    Host: Emily Karetak
    Segment 1: This is a documentary about the mining days in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut and where they dumped garbage near the shoreline.
    Segment 2: Elder Prime Okalik from Whale Cove, Nunavut talks about hunting and weather.… Read more

    uploaded date: 26-02-2016

  • 28m 50s

    Kiviu's Journey Saovakivak M00008-006 _1999

    uploaded by: IBC admin

    channel: IBC

    Kiviuq's Journey
    APTN-Our lives our voices

    Directed and written by: Martin Kreelak
    Producer: Janice Epp, Ole Gjerstad
    Produced by: Inuit Broadcasting Corporation
    Executive Producer: Debbie Brisebois
    Director of Network and programming: Pitseolak Kilabuk
    Narrator: Abraham Tagalik

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    uploaded date: 21-05-2015

  • MMG delays Nunavut’s Izok corridor scheme for at least another year

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: DID News

    Company continues slow-down on ambitious road, port and mine project

    MMG Ltd., the proponents of the Izok corridor project, a big zinc-copper extraction scheme in Nunavut’s western Kitikmeot region, will put off taking the next step in an environmental review of the project for at least one year and possibly longer.

    The company had told the review board earlier this year they would submit an updated project description for the Izok corridor by December 2013.

    But now, MMG says they want more time.


    “MMG is continuing to evaluate alternative engineering options with potential to add value to the project, as well as planning for a 2014 exploration program focused on identifying more mineral resources in the Izok corridor,” Sahba Safavi, MMG’s project manager for Canada, said Nov. 13 in a letter to the Nunavut Impact Review Board.


    And Safavi did not commit to a firm date for submission of the updated project description, saying the firm would provide the NIRB with another update during the last quarter of 2014.


    Under MMG’s plan, the company would build a 350-kilometre road from the huge Izok Lake mineral deposit near the Nunavut-Northwest Territories border by Contwoyto Lake to a port on Coronation Gulf at a spot called Gray’s Bay.


    That road would pass through another mine site at High Lake.


    The rich mineral deposits at Izok Lake and the other properties in MMG’s collection have been known to geologists since the late 1950s.


    Since then, the on-again, off-again property has passed through the hands of many owners, none of whom ever figured out how to economically mine and transport the region’s huge stores of zinc, copper and lead.


    The MMG group emerged after 2009, when state-owned China Minmetals Corp. gobbled up nearly all mines and exploration projects controlled by Australia’s debt-ridden Oz Minerals Ltd.


    One of those properties was a shopping basket of lead-copper-zinc sites in the western Kitikmeot that Wolfden Resources Inc. had sold to Zinifex, the company that formed one-half of the short-lived Oz conglomerate.


    Wolfden’s canny shareholders may be the only people who ever profited from Izok Lake. In 2007 they accepted a $363-million share-purchase deal offered by Zinifex, which morphed into Oz a year later and then came close to going belly-up in the 2008 recession.


    But when MMG’s parent company snapped up Oz, they inherited an old transportation plan for Izok that Wolfden had developed. It combined mineral production from two sites, Izok Lake and High Lake, linked by a road from Izok to Grays Bay.

    The most expensive piece of infrastructure in that plan is the 350-kilometre road that leads to the port at Grays Bay.


    The firm filed the first version of its project description with the NIRB on Sept. 4, 2012.


    After a screening, with recommendations from the NIRB,  Bernard Valcourt, the minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, ordered this past April 8 that the project get an environmental review under Part 5 of the Nunavut land claim agreement’s Article 12.


    But soon after, MMG told the review board that they want to file an updated version of their project description prior to the start of any work on scoping and guidelines for a future environmental impact statement.


    That’s because they wanted to consider “additional project design options with potential to improve the economic viability of the project.”


    Until that document is filed, the project cannot move forward.


    In the meantime, MMG will continue to do exploration and socio-economic, environmental and engineering studies, MMG said.

    The proposed Izok mine, with an open pit and underground mine under Izok Lake, would include a two-million-tonne per year concentrator, which would also process the ore from the High Lake mine.


    MMG also proposed building new airstrips at Izok Lake, High Lake and Grays Bay, along with a new port at Grays Bay with the capacity to ship 650,000 tonnes of concentrate per year.


    The original project description also called for 10 to 15 shipments a year to run east during an 80-day window from mid-July to October, except for the last run of the season, which would head west.


    No year-round ice breaking would take place, under that proposal. Ships would avoid unnecessary ship acceleration, keep to the same course whenever possible and maintain a minimum distance from the shore.


    On the haul road, MMG says it would make provisions for caribou crossing, close the road during the calving season and create water crossings to protect fish stocks.





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    uploaded date: 20-11-2013

  • New Baffinland plan submitted

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    Review process begins again for Mary River Project

    Lyndsay Herman
    Northern News Services
    Published Monday, July 1, 2013

    The Mary River Project is rolling again now that the project's operators have submitted an updated plan for the mine.

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    uploaded date: 09-07-2013

  • Asbestos Found at Agnico-Eagle Mine

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    Asbestos still an issue at Nunavut gold mine: Agnico-Eagle

    Second-most hazardous form of asbestos found at Meadowbank mine


    Nunavut April 19, 2013

    Amosite asbestos is considered to be one of the more hazardous forms of the material.

    More than a year after Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. first detected naturally-occurring asbestos found at its Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, the company continues to deal with asbestos at the mine site.

    Asbestos is often associated with gold-rich rocks.

    The problem is that asbestos is also linked to a variety of lung ailments and cancers, mainly affecting those who have worked or used asbestos in their everyday jobs for many years, according to the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center.

    After finding asbestos in samples taken from the mill’s crusher plant, “we took this issue very seriously and immediately notified regulators,” Norm Ladouceur, the mine’s health and safety superintendent, said at the recent Nunavut Mining Symposium in Iqaluit.

    But Agnico Eagle was first “caught off guard” when the asbestos was found, he said.

    Since asbestos was discovered at the Meadowbank mine, 1,400 dust samples have been taken

    The type of asbestos found is called amosite, the second-most hazardous form of asbestos, the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center says.

    However, not all samples at the mine show traces of asbestos, Ladouceur said.

    Drillers and truck drivers at Meadowbank appear to be more at risk to asbestos exposure than anyone else, he said.

    Now, “dust swipes” are taken from their equipment several times a day.

    All 1,000 or so workers on site also wear disposable coveralls and slippers over their boots to prevent the spread of any asbestos dust to non-affected areas.

    Workers in the mill and crusher plant also take off their protective gear before they leave those areas and use specialized “hepa” vacuums to clean their work clothes.

    That’s because mill remains the place where most of the asbestos has been found.

    “It’s a constant barrage of dust,” Ladouceur said about the atmosphere there.

    A full-time industrial hygienist now works at the mine site, and engineering controls have been put in place in the crusher plant to improve airborne dust levels, he said.

    While dust contamination remains an issue, trying to tell when dust contains asbestos can be a difficult task because “it’s very sporadic — it’s not like we can really pinpoint where it’s coming from,” Ladouceur said.

    The management plan for asbestos at Meadowbank also includes a medical surveillance program for workers involved in jobs which may bring them into contact with asbestos.

    That includes medical examinations such as pulmonary function testing and respirator fit testing.

    Workers also receive information sessions about asbestos, Ladouceur said.

    Any asbestos that’s found is “disposed in a proper environmentally-friendly way,” he said.

    Asbestos has been linked to:

    • asbestosis, where the asbestos fibres scar and damage the lungs;

    • lung cancer related to the degree of asbestosis in the lungs;

    • mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung’s lining, and,

    • cancer of the gastrointestinal tract and larynx.




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    uploaded date: 20-04-2013

  • MMG Halts Review Process for Nunavut Mining Project

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    MMG halts review process for huge Nunavut mining corridor project

    As commodity prices tumble, zinc-copper project design to be changed


    Nunavut April 17, 2013

    This map from the 2012 Izok Corridor project proposal shows where the all-weather road would have run to the coast, not far from Kugluktuk.

    MMG Resources Inc. has put the brakes on its Izok Corridor zinc-copper mine and port project in western Nunavut, which was recently accepted for an environmental review by the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

    “As there is a strong likelihood that the project design will be adjusted or additional alternatives included, MMG respectfully requests that the NIRB not initiate the scoping process nor issue a scope of project until MMG submits an update to the project description,” Sabha Safavi, MMG’s project manager for Canada, said in an April 16 letter to the NIRB.

    The NIRB process begins with a scoping of the project that’s up for review, followed by the development of environmental impact statement guidelines.

    But now, the scope of the project detailed in the 412-page Izok Corridor project proposal submitted to the NIRB in August 2012 will change.

    MMG’s letter offers no date for submission of a new proposal.

    But MMG said it’s “recently identified some additional project design options with potential to improve the economic viability of the project.”

    These include changes to the mining schedule and production rates, improvements to the execution plan, and the possible addition of a new property to the mining resources.

    “MMG is currently initiating a process to further develop and evaluate these options so that they can be considered for incorporation in the feasibility design,” the company’s letter to the NIRB said.

    The changes associated with an updated Izok Corridor project design, including the potential addition of another property, will be located within Nunavut, MMG said.

    After completing the engineering work “necessary to develop and evaluate these options”, MMG said it plans to consult with stakeholders on these potential changes “prior to submitting the project description update to the NIRB.”

    This scuttles the mining giant’s former timeline, which could have seen construction jobs start flowing to people in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region by 2015, with production starting in 2018.

    Minmetals Resources, MMG’s parent, a global resources company that explores, develops and mines base metal deposits around the world, is owned 75 per cent by the Chinese government, although MMG is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia.

    It’s one of the world’s largest producers of zinc and also produces significant amounts of copper, lead, gold and silver.

    The initial proposal for the Izok mine, with an open pit and underground mine under Izok Lake, called for a two-million-tonne per year concentrator, which would also process the ore from the High Lake mine.

    As for the proposed transportation route, it was to have been a 350-kilometre all-weather road to connect the Izok Lake mine to High Lake, a second zinc-copper mine, with two open pit mines and one underground mine.

    MMG also proposed building new airstrips at Izok Lake, High Lake and Grays Bay, along with a new port at Grays Bay with the capacity to ship 650,000 tonnes of concentrate per year.

    During the Izok two-year construction period, 1,140 people were expected to find work, and then 710 would have jobs during the mines’ 12-year lifespan, working on fly-in, fly-out rotations.

    An indication of MMG’s waning interest in the project surfaced during the Nunavut Mining Symposium in Iqaluit, where MMG revealed it is planning to spend only $6 million on minimal exploration on its Kitikmeot properties in 2013.

    In her keynote address to the symposium, Patricia Mohr, an economics and commodity market specialist with Scotiabank, also said mining companies are now examining project development more critically with some reconfiguring to cut costs.




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    uploaded date: 20-04-2013

  • Mary River Going Back to Review Stage

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    Thandiwe Vela
    Northern News Services
    Published Monday, April 15, 2013


    There will be feelings of deja vu later this year as Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation returns to Nunavut regulators over an amendment to the company's Mary River project.

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    uploaded date: 20-04-2013

  • Nunavut Diamond Mine Owners Owe $2M

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    Officials unable to contact Shear Diamonds since October

    CBC News  Apr 16, 2013

    The owner of the Jericho mine site in Nunavut has failed to pay millions of dollars to ensure the cleanup of the former site.

    Shear Diamonds disappeared last fall, after unexpectedly closing up the Jericho site. Jericho was Nunavut's first diamond mine.

    Shear still hasn't declared bankruptcy, but it now seems the federal government may be stuck with the clean-up and taxpayers stuck with the bill.

    Under the terms of its water license, Shear Diamonds should have posted a security bond of $3.4 million — that's money held by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development to pay for a clean-up in the event the company goes bankrupt.

    In an email to CBC News, federal government spokesperson Genevieve Guibert said Shear Diamonds still owes more than $2 million. Guibert said they expect the company to live up to its financial obligations. However, that seems increasingly unlikely.

    A letter from the federal government to the Nunavut Impact Review Board last month said federal officials haven't succeeded in making any contact with Shear Diamonds since October.

    Ryan Barry, the board's executive director, said the federal government is now in a grey area.

    "At some point they will have to make a determination whether the company has in fact completely defaulted and can't, you know, the site isn't about to be put back into operation. And they might have to make a call between continued care and maintenance and full closure," said Barry.

    Guibert said the federal government is monitoring the situation. She said Shear Diamonds is still the mine's operator, and the company remains accountable for safety at the site.

    A recent report from Nunavut’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development found weaknesses in the way the federal government collects security bonds. It found that three of the 11 mines in Nunavut had security shortfalls totaling almost $11 million.

    CBC News


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    uploaded date: 17-04-2013

  • QIA still in talks with Baffinland

    uploaded by: Cara Di Staulo

    channel: Isuma News

    QIA still in talks with Baffinland over iron mine benefits: Eegeesiak

    "This takes time"

     NUNATSIAQ NEWS : Nunavut April 11, 2013 - 8:47 am

    The Qikiqtani Inuit Association said April 10 that the organization continues “to work hard” with Baffinland Iron Mines Corp to reach impact benefits and commercial production lease agreements.

    Baffinland wants to build an iron mine that would produce 3.5 million tonnes of iron ore a year from the Mary River mine in northern Baffin Island — down from the much larger mine that the company planned to build until this past January when owners announced they would go ahead with a scaled-down project.

    In an April 10 news release, Okalik Eegeesiak said QIA is happy with the level of progress being made in the negotiations with Baffinland.

    “While we understand Inuit in the Qikiqtani region are impatient for news, QIA is following the agreed-to process to make sure we get the best agreement possible and this takes time,” she said.

    “We are working with Baffinland to find a path forward that will provide Inuit with the benefits that economic development can bring while at the same time ensuring that this development is balanced with our cultural and societal values.”

    Eegeesiak is scheduled talk to delegates at the Nunavut Mining Symposium in Iqaluit April 10 to discuss the importance of community engagement during the development process.



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    uploaded date: 15-04-2013