One of the best ways to learn about uranium mining is to visit a mine. On Dec 3 and 4, AREVA’s McClean Lake Site hosted a group of 21 Kivalliq residents for a tour of its uranium mill and facilities. Representatives from the seven Kivalliq communities participated. The group included four representatives of the Kiggavik Community Liaison Committee in Baker Lake, a teacher and two students from Jonah Amitna’aq High School in Baker Lake, three representatives from the Kivalliq Inuit Association, representatives from six Hunters and Trappers Organizations and four from Hamlet Councils.
The group toured the former mining areas in the process of being reclaimed and the mill currently being modified to process high-grade ore from Cigar Lake mine scheduled to start production in early 2014. The visit included an overnight stay at the McClean Lake camp, which allowed many to participate in the recreational activities offered and interact with AREVA’s employees in a less formal environment after a full day discussing the technical aspects of a uranium milling operation.
We thank all the participants to this visit and look forward to hosting many more Kivalliq residents in the future.