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Mary River Iron Ore Project Pre Hearing Conference and Community Roundtable Government of Nunavut Igloolik and Pond Inlet November 6-10, 2011.

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1 Mary River Iron Ore Project Pre Hearing Conference and Community Roundtable Government of Nunavut Igloolik and Pond Inlet November 6-10, 2011

2 Jurisdiction Government of Nunavut as an intervener – Not a land owner – Do not have surface or subsurface rights – The Government of Nunavut represents all Nunavummiut 2

3 Tamapta: Building Our Future Together One of the main guiding principles of the GN is: – Avatittinnik Kammatsiarniq: respect and care for the land, animals and the environment The GN takes a comprehensive and strategic approach to promoting sustainable development and environmental stewardship. 3

4 Eco-systemic Assessment Review Responsibility – protection of eco-systemic integrity – sustainable wildlife populations – preservation of cultural resources, – Environmental health and wellbeing of Nunavummiut. Eco-Systemic Assessment Review Team – Dept. of Environment – Nunavut Research Institute – Dept. Culture Language Elders and Youth – Dept. Health & Social Services – Dept. Justice 4

5 Biophysical Comments Impacts on Nunavut’s environment – Caribou – Polar bears – Raptors – Wildlife habitat – Seal, freshwater ecosystem and arctic char – Overall protection of the environment (spills, hazardous materials)

6 Biophysical Comments The GN looked at: What baseline data was collected How were impact effects determined How was the significances of effect evaluated

7 Biophysical Comments  Environment impact assessment  Demonstrates an understanding of the environment in Nunavut, specifically Baffin Island.  Acknowledge the potential for irreversible impacts on the environment  How can these impacts be reduced and/or mitigated 7

8 Technical Meeting Iqaluit, October 18-20, 2011 Commitments that were made by the BIM – Caribou – Polar Bear – Raptors – Vegetation – Emergency and Spill Response 8

9 Socio-Economic Assessment Review Government of Nunavut is responsible for the social, cultural, and economic health and wellbeing of Nunavummiut Socio-Economic Assessment Review Team – Dept. Economic Development & Transportation (Coordinator) – Dept. Education – Dept. Health & Social Services – Dept. Culture Language Elders and Youth – Dept. Finance – Dept. Community & Government Services – Dept. Justice 9

10 Socio-Economic Assessment Review Department of Economic Development & Transportation Parnautit: Nunavut Mineral Exploration and Mining Strategy Ingirrasiliqta: Nunavut Transportation Strategy Minerals and petroleum resources Tourism, Arts and crafts Business development Transportation Socio Economic monitoring  For this review: Provided comments on employment, business development, socio-economic monitoring; coordinated socio-economic comments from the following departments and divisions. 10

11 Socio-Economic Assessment Review Department of Education Apprenticeship,Trade &Occupations Certification Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. A-4 Education Act, S.N.W.T. 1995, c. 28 Early childhood education School services Career training and development, including trades and apprenticeships Adult education Income support  For this review: Provided comments on education and training, opportunities for partnerships between GN and Baffinland 11

12 Socio-Economic Assessment Review Department of Health & Social Services Public Health Act, R.S. N.W.T. 1988, c. P-12 Health services for physical and mental health Social programming and services  For this review: provided comments on health and social wellbeing, potential impacts to social services, opportunities for partnerships between GN and Baffinland 12

13 Socio-Economic Assessment Review Department of Culture Language Elders and Youth Nunavut Act, S.C. 1993, c. 28 Culture, heritage Language Sport and recreation  For this review: Provided comments on archaeological requirements and sites management. 13

14 Socio-Economic Assessment Review Department of Finance Income Tax Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. I-1 Payroll Tax Act, C.S.N.W.T. 1993, c. 11 Property Assessment and Taxation Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. P-10 Petroleum Products Tax Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. P-5 Financial planning and management for the GN  For this review: provided comments on the economic assessment, and requested clarity on Baffinland’s tax revenue determinations 14

15 Socio-Economic Assessment Review Department of Community & Government Services Commissioners Lands Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. C-11 Hamlets Act, R.S.N.W.T. 1988, c. H-1 Programs and services that support Nunavut communities  For this review: Provided support for GN comments 15

16 Socio-Economic Assessment Review Department of Justice Royal Canadian Mounted Police Agreement Act, RSNWT 1988, c.R-8 Department of Justice Act, RSNWT 1988, c.97 Use, employment of the RCMP in aiding the administration of justice in Nunavut Carrying into effect the laws in force in the Territory on the terms and conditions that are contained in the Territorial Police Service Agreement.  For this review: Highlighted the relationship between the Project and RCMP/Dept. of Justice 16

17 Technical Review Socio-Economic Comments Importance of the benefits of the Project – Ability of Nunavummiut to access employment – How employment leads to other benefits for Nunavummiut  Clearly present likelihood of success for proposed mitigation and enhancement measures in order to be confident that benefits will be realized 17

18 Economic impact assessment – Adequately show the impacts of the Mary River Project on the local, regional, territorial economy  Identify and mitigate any impacts  Highlight the benefits How can these opportunities be further enhanced? Socio-Economic Comments 18

19 Learning lessons from other jurisdictions – Successful mitigation measures – Training programs – what is effective? Understanding the project  Provide supporting evidence Socio-Economic Comments 19

20 Mitigation and monitoring – Coordination with training, services, and development initiatives that already exist – Socio-economic monitoring framework  Involve partners with common goals Socio-Economic Comments 20

21 Technical Meeting Iqaluit, October 18-20, 2011 Commitments that were agreed upon – Enhancing relevant programs and initiatives – Presenting more information on several items – Socio-economic monitoring 21

22 Outstanding Issues – Economic impact assessment – Supporting evidence and information still requested Technical Meeting Iqaluit, October 18-20,

23 Conclusion Welcome continued communication and collaboration amongst parties in keeping the IQ principle of Aajiiqatigiinnirq: Working together. Collaboration on socio-economic and eco- systemic monitoring Looks forward to continued participation in the next phase of the project review 23

24 Qujannamiik Contacts Dianne Lapierre – Manager, Environmental Assessment and Regulation Ph: Dilek Dee Karadag – Manager Territorial Environmental Assessment and Land Use Ph: Jean Daniel Blouin – Territorial Environmental Assessment Coordinator and Scientist Ph: Pauloosie Suvega – ADM Sustainable Development Ph:


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