Nuclear Safeguards

An effective system of nuclear safeguards is in place to ensure that uranium currently mined in Canada is not used for nuclear weapons.  This is managed through international treaties.  In the past, uranium from Canada supported the military programs of our allies.  Uranium can no longer be sold from Canada for military purposes.  Sales under military contracts have not occurred since the late 1980s when it was sold by the Canadian crown corporation of Eldorado Nuclear Ltd.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was established within the United Nations to ensure that safeguarded nuclear material, such as Canada’s uranium, is not used for military purposes.  To learn more about IAEA safeguards, visit the IAEA website:


  • Johnson Krako

    hello just wanted to ask if you people will give uneducated inuit jobs????

    • AREVA-admin

      AREVA Resources has hired and will continue to hire Inuit without a high school education for work at the Kiggavik site. Technical and safety considerations require a number of positions to be held by people with additional education or training. It is important to note what opportunities are currently available and may be available in the future.

      There are no current job openings for the Kiggavik Project. The project is in the exploration phase undergoing an environmental review for mine development. During the environmental assessment phase of the Kiggavik project, which is expected to last approximately another 3 years, AREVA operates a year round Community Relations Office in Baker Lake and a seasonal exploration camp at the Kiggavik site 80 km west of Baker Lake for about three months in the summer. Throughout the year, the Baker Lake office is staffed with a Community Liaison Officer and a Community Relations Advisor. During the summer, the Baker Lake office is also staffed with a Community Relations Assistant and a Logistics Assistant. During the summer, the Kiggavik exploration camp is staffed with 40 to 50 AREVA staff and contractors who operate the camp and carry out exploration and environmental baseline work. Typically, the Kiggavik camp employs 15 to 20 locally hired people for three months and about another 10 local people for shorter periods. Jobs currently performed by Baker Lake residents include Wildlife Monitor, Camp operator, Geological Assistant, Cooks Helper, environmental assistant and archaeological assistant and these positions do not require a high school education. A high school education and often additional training is required for many positions. During the operation approximately 60% of the 400 to 600 jobs at the minesite will require a highschool diploma but experience can be substituted for some education for many of these. About 15% of the jobs require a trade and the other 25% requires a college diploma or university degree. Hiring preference is given to Kivalliq residents. In filling any of these positions AREVA tries to match as best as possible the candidates’ education and/or related experience with the positions’ requirements.

      AREVA Resources has a northern preference hiring policy in our current northern Saskatchewan operations. If the Kiggavik project proceeds, we expect to have a similar policy for Nunavut residents. We are also committed to provide training and workplace transition programs for our employees.

      Openings for work for AREVA in Nunavut will be posted on the Kiggavik blog ( and also at Applications can be sent to the blog, dropped off at the Baker Lake office or faxed to the Baker Lake office at 867-793-2002 or emailed to AREVA at For more information you can contact our Baker Lake office at 867-793-2000. Most seasonal positions for the Kiggavik camp are filled with applicants from Baker Lake but a few workers from other Kivalliq communities have been hired as well. Full time positions are open to all applicants.