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

AREVA Participates in Kivalliq Trade Show

AREVA Resources Canada was proud to take part in the Kivalliq Trade Show, which took place in Rankin Inlet from September 30 to October 2. The Trade Show, which brings together over 45 exhibitors and 160 delegates from across Nunavut, explored the theme “Road to Opportunities” for this year’s gathering. AREVA was also happy to support the event as a “Leading Partner”.

Barry McCallum, AREVA’s Manager of Nunavut Affairs, and Dan Zunti, Facility and Logistics Coordinator, attended the trade show and spent time discussing the proposed Kiggavik project with government officials, members of Inuit organizations, and other members of the Nunavut business community.

McCallum also provided a “Uranium 101” presentation to conference delegates. The presentation gave an overview on the global uranium industry, and provided specific focus on how companies such as AREVA work to protect employees and the environment from the radiation risks that uranium mining can present.

“The trade show was a great opportunity for companies working in the Kivalliq region to get together,” said MCallum. “This year’s theme, Road to Opportunities, is a perfect fit for what we’re doing at AREVA. The Kiggavik project has already created a number of economic opportunities for small businesses and willing workers across the Kivalliq region, and we believe these opportunities will continue to grow as the project moves forward.“

For more details on the Trade Show, please visit their website here.

Dan Zunti_Trade Show

AREVA Supports Kivalliq Science Camp

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.


AREVA’s Kiggavik Site Hosts Baker Lake CLARC Representatives


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._D3A6938

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







Kiggavik Community Liaison Committee Holds Meeting in Baker Lake

On the evening of Monday, July 22, the Kiggavik Community Liaison Committee (CLC) held their second regular meeting of 2013 at AREVA’s Kiggavik office in Baker Lake, NU.

The CLC meeting provided a forum for Committee members to discuss a number of issues with AREVA representatives.  A summary of topics discussed is:

  • There was an election of officers – Casey Tuluriak was re-elected as Chair and Jean Simailak was elected as Vice-Chair.
  • Timothy Eviuk, Wildlife Monitor described the wildlife monitoring that takes place at Kiggavik and the role of the Wildlife Monitor to ensure the program is carried out.
  • Diane Martens, Regulatory Process Manager, spoke about the recent Technical Meetings, Community Roundtable and Pre-Hearing Conference Report, as well as the next steps in the Kiggavik environmental review process. 
  • Brad Pohler, Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Supervisor for Kiggavik’s exploration field season discussed the environment, radiation and safety programs carried out at Kiggavik.
  • Upcoming events, including AREVA’s Kivalliq Tour, which is scheduled for November 2013.

Minutes from the July 22 meeting will be made available on pending their approval at the next CLC meeting, scheduled for this coming fall/winter.

To view the latest set of approved bilingual minutes from the February 2013 CLC meeting, click here.