Latest CLC Meeting Held Followed by Fishery Workshop

AREVA Resources Canada held its latest Community Liaison Committee (CLC) meeting in Baker Lake on June 23.  In addition to regular updates on the project, the group discussed topics for inclusion in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for its proposed Kiggavik Project.

The FEIS includes more than five years of recent engineering, environmental and public engagement studies conducted by AREVA, in addition to previous historical work. AREVA plans to submit this to the Nunavut Impact Review Board by the end of September.

The first motion of the meeting was to approve the minutes of the last meeting which are available in Inuktitut and English in the Resources section here. Kiggavik Site Supervisor Dan Zunti gave an update on the exploration camp which started operating in early June.

Then Barry McCallum, Manager of Nunavut affairs, asked committee members for their feedback on topics for the FEIS. The group discussed places where fish cannot pass or are trapped, places where river banks have eroded, and places where garbage and debris are in streams. These fishery topics were also discussed in a discussion group early in the afternoon. The fishery input provides ideas that could become part of a fisheries offset plan closer to development. Barry asked the committee about the waterways that people use in the Baker Lake region. They also discussed the definition and use of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ).