NIRB to Hold Community Information Session in Baker Lake on September 4, 2014

Do you want to know more about the next steps the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) will be taking in its review of AREVA’s proposed Kiggavik Project in Nunavut?

Would you like to know how you can participate in the review process?

The answers to these questions and more will be presented during NIRB’s information session in Baker Lake on September 4, 2014 in the Community Hall at 6:30pm.

 NIRB Community Information Session Sept. 4, 2014 - InuktitutNIRB Community Information Session Sept. 4, 2014 - English

Rankin Inlet Bike Rodeo Rustles Up Safe Riders

Some 60 local youngsters came out to learn about bicycle safety and have a fun ride at the Rankin Inlet Bike Rodeo on July 14. Hosted by the Rankin Inlet RCMP Detachment and Nunavut Public Health, this event aims to make bicycling safer, especially for younger riders.

The event offered a lesson on safe riding, a safety equipment check and skills testing to ensure that everyone is prepared for a fun time on two wheels.

AREVA was a sponsor of the event and provided bicycle helmets for the young riders from Rankin Inlet.Picture 085

Community Liason Committee Has First Meeting of the Year

On Feb. 20, the Community Liaison Committee held it’s first meeting of the year. David Simailak was introduced as a new member appointed by the District Education Authority replacing Casey Tulurialik.  Long-time member Martha Nukik resigned as a member. David Simailak was elected Chair, and Thomas Anirniq was elected Vice Chair. 

Discussions included reporting on the tour of Kivalliq communities AREVA carried out in November of 2013 and January 2014, the tour of mining operations in Saskatchewan in December 2013, and AREVA’s participation in the Kivalliq Mine Training Society Committee.  Committee members discussed the upcoming overland haul to bring supplies to the Kiggavik exploration site about 80 km west of Baker Lake. 

Participants also discussed and coming meetings with the Chesterfield Inlet and Baker Lake Hunters and Trappers Organizations to gather input for the Final Environmental Impact Statement scheduled, which AREVA expects to submit to the regulator in September 2014.  The Minutes of the October 23, 2013 meeting were approved and can now be found on the Kiggavik Blog here.

AREVA continues community engagement in Coral Harbour and Baker Lake this week

A small group of AREVA representatives was in Coral Harbour on January 21, 2014 as part of the Kivalliq communities open house tour started in November 2013 with stops in each of the region’s communities.

While in Coral Harbour yesterday, we met with the Mayor and Council and visited three high school classes. We also had the opportunity to meet with the local Hunters and Trappers Organization (HTO) representatives. In the evening we hosted our public open house. At every meeting and during the open house we provided an update on our plans for the Kiggavik project and the environmental assessment process. We were able to answer questions and also gather some feedback from all the people we met. We plan to report on all our 2013/2014 and prior community engagement efforts in the Final Environmental Impact Statement we will release this fall.

We thank Coral Harbour’s Mayor and Council, high school principal, teachers and students, the HTO and all the residents who attended our open house.

Next stop in our Nunavut travels this week – if the weather holds up – is Baker Lake for a meeting with the Hamlet Council.

Kivalliq Residents Tour AREVA’s McClean Lake Operation in Northern Saskatchewan

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.

21 Kivalliq Residents spent Dec 3-4, 2013 at AREVA's McClean Lake operation in Northern Saskatchewan.

21 Kivalliq Residents spent Dec 3-4, 2013 at AREVA’s McClean Lake operation in Northern Saskatchewan.

21 Kivalliq residents tour AREVA's McClean Lake mill in Northern Saskatchewan on Dec 3-4, 2013

21 Kivalliq residents tour AREVA’s McClean Lake mill in Northern Saskatchewan on Dec 3-4, 2013