Members of the Kiggavik Project team visited the northern Manitoba communities of Tadoule Lake and Lac Brochet last week to discuss the proposed project with local leaders and residents. The focus of the visits was to discuss the potential transboundary effects on caribou from the proposed Kiggavik Project.
AREVA representatives held a public meeting on June 25 in Tadoule Lake, and met with local officials. The following day, the Kiggavik team members met with officials in Lac Brochet.
Residents of the communities harvest caribou from the Qamanirjuaq herd, whose range stretches from the Kivalliq region of Nunavut in the north to northern Manitoba, and Northern Saskatchewan in the south and into the Northwest Territories in the west. “Caribou are a major focus of the review of the Kiggavik Project, and we understand the importance of caribou to people of the North, said Barry McCallum, AREVA’s manager of Nunavut affairs. “We are carefully considering ways that the project would interact with the environment and are studying ways to minimize any potential negative effects and increase the positive effects.”