A group of 32 students and their teachers from the Kivalliq region recently spent a week learning about geology, first aid, and the global positioning system (GPS) at the Kivalliq Science Camp, which was held from September 4-9. The camp, which is run by the Kivalliq Science Educators Community (KSEC), aims to provide students with hands-on learning experiences that complement the theory that is taught within the walls of a classroom. AREVA Resources has been a proud sponsor of the Science Camp since 2007 and participated for the third time in the week’s events.
Along with speaking to the students about geology in the Kivalliq region, health, safety and Environmental Protection at the Kiggavik camp and the Nunavut Environmental Assessment process, AREVA Resources also provided each student with the opportunity to go for a helicopter ride. This aspect of the camp was particularly well-received, as 30 out of 32 students listed the ride as their favorite part of the camp.
Despite less than cooperative weather, camp organizer Glen Brocklebank said the students remained enthusiastic and engaged throughout the week. An especially exciting aspect was the lessons that participants shared amongst themselves, including when some of the students from Repulse Bay, who are experienced with camping, showed the others how to light a stove and lantern.
“AREVA is always excited to get involved with activities involving youth within the Kivalliq region. This event is especially important to us, as workers with a science-based background will make up a sizeable portion of AREVA’s Kiggavik workforce. It just makes sense for us to help the schools with developing an interest in the field early on,” said Barry McCallum, AREVA’s Manager of Nunavut Affairs.
On Thursday, September 5, AREVA Resources Canada employees and various contractors departed from the Kiggavik exploration camp to their homes from all over Canada. The beginning of September was a busy time for the Kiggavik team, as the drills had to be put into storage on-site, and the core shacks and other buildings around camp were winterized. Local helpers assisted biologists with their aquatic work during the final weeks of the season. After most contractors left site, two local helpers also remained on site to assist with the closing of camp.
As of September 9, the camp closure and demobilization of everyone was complete. “Closing the camp is bittersweet as it was such a productive and enjoyable season. With a total of 10,593 meters drilled in 39 drill holes, and ground geophysics conducted on ten grid areas for a total of 463 km, the season can certainly be considered a great success,” said Kiggavik SHEQ Supervisor Naomi Stumborg.
AREVA was proud to hire 17 local Inuit employees for this past season’s program, four of which were graduates of the Arviat Drillers Program. It was an exciting season, and AREVA looks forward to the upcoming 2014 program!
At the Kiggavik exploration site, AREVA Resources Canada relies upon a diverse collection of local contractors to supply everything from groceries to jet fuel. Ensuring that these goods and services are delivered in a cost-efficient and timely manner is often a challenge, especially in the demanding environment of Canada’s North.
One such business able to enter into a mutually beneficial relationship with AREVA to meet our procurement needs is Forest North Aviation and Logistics. Forest is an Inuit owned joint venture (JV) between Forest Helicopters and Peter’s Expediting Limited that provides helicopter services for the Kiggavik site. Since 2010, two Inuit owned companies, including Forest North, have been awarded the helicopter services contract for the project.
While local contracting expenditures would rise drastically should the Kiggavik project proceed to construction and operation, AREVA has already spent over $20 million dollars for northern contracting and services during Exploration and Environmental Baseline work since 2007, accounting for 34% of total contract expenditures. Of this, $12M or 21% went to Inuit owned firms. In fact, it is estimated that during the life cycle of the proposed Kiggavik mine, the value of contracts going to northern suppliers could exceed $1 billion. These relationships will contribute to the region’s economic growth through the creation of new jobs and business opportunities.
Inuit owned businesses provide an efficient and cost-effective way to procure much-needed goods and services for the Kiggavik exploration team, and AREVA looks forward to strengthening these partnerships as the project continues to advance.
My name is Brad and I am currently a student at the University of Saskatchewan in the college of Environmental Engineering. As the Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality supervisor at AREVA’s Kiggavik exploration camp this summer, I have been in charge of ensuring compliance with environmental legislation, permits, and licenses, as well as guaranteeing that proper environmental checks are in place.
This position has been an excellent work experience for my future environmental engineering career. It has introduced me to the intricacies of government regulations and licensing, as well as the importance of community involvement in any mining project.
Environmental protection and monitoring are important to me. I am happy to have had the opportunity to work with a company that is committed to meeting and exceeding current environmental standards. I have high hopes for the development of a uranium mine in Nunavut that will allow us to meet our growing energy demands in an environmentally sustainable way.
On Monday, July 22, members of the Baker Lake Community Lands and Resources Committee (CLARC) toured the Kiggavik exploration camp with AREVA representatives Barry McCallum (Manager, Nunavut Affairs) and Diane Martens (Regulatory Process Manager, Kiggavik Project)
The visiting representatives of CLARC, which is a sub-committee of the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA), included an elder and a member of the Baker Lake Hunter and Trappers Organization. The KIA Lands Inspector served as a translator for the tour.
Following a tour of the Kiggavik camp, a drill site, the fuel storage site and the proposed mine location, the committee members discussed a variety of issues regarding the project proposal, including AREVA’s plans for decommissioning the exploration site