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.
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.
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.
With the completion of technical meetings and receipt of the Pre-Hearing Conference decision, AREVA Resources Canada is now preparing its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), scheduled for release on September 30, 2014. This FEIS will include information from the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in addition to information gained since the release of the DEIS in January 2012. The process of gathering and responding to information requests and technical comments, followed by technical meetings and a Community Roundtable, has enabled a thorough review of AREVA’s draft document by a wide range of reviewers and stakeholders. This process has resulted in AREVA making more than 300 commitments for inclusion in the FEIS.
Engagement with communities and stakeholders has been, and will continue to be, an important component of the Kiggavik Environmental Assessment. Since the release of the DEIS, AREVA has visited the seven Kivalliq communities for comments on the DEIS and significance determination, and has met with several organizations, including the Community Liaison Committee, Hamlet Councils, Hunters and Trappers Organizations, other wildlife organizations, elders groups, high schools, Kivalliq Mayors and many of the stakeholder groups that have commented on the DEIS.
Going forward, AREVA plans to hold an open house this coming fall, and will continue to meet with stakeholders on a regular basis.
“We consider it important to meet periodically with each stakeholder group so that the input we have is current and individuals can continue to make their opinions known to us. The comment forms completed in our previous open houses indicated that people in the Kivalliq region prefer meetings and open houses as the best method of communication, and we intend to use these forums to continue dialogue as we progress forward,” said Barry McCallum, AREVA’s Manager of Nunavut Affairs.