Medical Evacuation Exercise a Key Part of the Kiggavik Camp Health and Safety Program

In early August AREVA’s team at the Kiggavik camp, about 80km west of Baker Lake, Nunavut, executed a Medical Evacuation (Medevac) exercise. This type of exercise ensures that the site emergency response procedures are adequate and the staff fully trained to potentially remove critically injured patients from the site promptly and safely. This year the scenario of this mock Medevac included an injured driller at a drill rig about 7km from the Kiggavik camp. An emergency response team of five was mobilized to the site following the mock emergency call. They completed the stabilization of the “patient” onto a spine board within the drill rig and then carried the acting-patient across the tundra to the waiting helicopter, which had been prepared to carry the stretcher. With its swift mobilization and precise emergency procedures delivery, the team demonstrated its proficiency and preparedness to deal with the potential need to evacuate workers.

This exercise comes on the heels of two recent successful rescues performed by our emergency and first aid staff within the past month for a family and a team of hunters from Baker Lake out who found themselves in an emergency situation out on the tundra. During these two occasions, the Kiggavik team demonstrated its ability to handle emergencies and also its community spirit with its timely answer to these calls for help from area residents.

Medevac exercises are integral parts of the Kiggavik camp health and safety program and are performed at least annually to ensure the emergency response team is well prepared.


Medical Evacuation Exercise at Kiggavik Exploration Camp. Stabilizing pretend-patient inside the drill rig.

Medical Evacuation Exercise at Kiggavik Exploration Camp. Stabilizing pretend-patient inside the drill rig.

Medical Evacuation Exercise at Kiggavk Exploration Camp. Loading pretend patient in the helicopter.

Medical Evacuation Exercise at Kiggavk Exploration Camp. Loading pretend-patient in the helicopter.

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.


Real-Life Learning: A Summer with AREVA

PohlerMy 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.

AREVA Resources Canada Marks 1 Year Without Lost-Time Accident

AREVA Resources Canada Inc. employees and contractors celebrated going one full year without a lost-time accident (LTA) today. This achievement includes employees and contractors at its offices at Saskatoon; its McClean Lake and Cluff Lake sites in northern Saskatchewan; and its exploration sites in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Nunavut.

“Everyone on the AREVA Resources Canada team should be proud of this accomplishment. It shows our shared commitment to working safely even during this period of increased activity at our sites,” said Vincent Martin, CEO of AREVA Resources Canada.

ARC employees and contractors will also reach the milestone of 1 million work hours without an LTA by the end of August if the current trend is maintained.