AREVA held its last open house on Nov. 21 in Arviat, wrapping up a successful tour of Kivalliq communities. The open houses allowed residents of these communities to learn more about AREVA’s proposed Kiggavik Project and for the residents to provide feedback to AREVA about possible improvements to the project.
AREVA has proposed developing a uranium mining operation about 80 km west of Baker Lake, Nunavut, which would be the first of its kind in the territory. After submitting a draft environment impact statement in 2012, the project is undergoing an environmental assessment by the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB). AREVA plans to submit a final environmental impact statement in late 2014.
During the tour, AREVA representatives visited seven Kivalliq communities, starting in Baker Lake. The tour continued with Repulse Bay, Coral Harbour, Chesterfield Inlet, Whale Cove, Rankin Inlet and Arviat.
In many communities, they met with the hamlet councils or a hamlet representative. They met with hunter and trapper organizations in several communities. They also met with local high school students in the communities to discuss potential jobs in the mining sector and the skills required for them and to discuss the Kiggavik Environment Assessment.
At the open houses held in the six communities, more than 250 residents signed in. The open house was postponed in Coral Harbour due to events there.
“We got to talk with many residents about monitoring the potential impacts of the project and ways to mitigate any such impacts if they occur. We’ll incorporate the information obtained into the final environmental impact statement,” said Barry McCallum, Manager of Nunavut Affairs.
“We appreciate the honest feedback we received about the proposed project so we can make it the best it can be. We also appreciate the warm welcome and hospitality in the communities and look forward to our next meetings,” McCallum said.
An article in Nunatsiaq News provides a nice roundup of AREVA’s tour.