CBC News: New Inuit benefit agreement worth $1B over life of Mary River Mine

CBC News: New Inuit benefit agreement worth $1B over life of Mary River Mine

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Agreement clears up environmental mistrust, doubles future royalties says Qikiqtani Inuit Association

Brian Penney, president of Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation, said the new agreement is meant to give communities the confidence they need to allow the mine’s phase-two production and rail expansion to go ahead. (Submitted by Baffinland Iron mines Corporation)

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association have a new agreement for Inuit oversight of the Mary River Mine. Announced Monday, the Inuit Certainty Agreement was signed on June 16.

The Inuit Certainty Agreement has been in the works since an environmental review of the mine’s production and rail expansion ended abruptly last fall. Negotiations on the agreement officially began earlier this spring, says PJ Akeeagok, president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

The new, legally binding agreement clears up most technical concerns that previously left the Baffin Inuit organization unable to support the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s hearing for the phase-two expansion, which would increase production at Mary River.

“[The agreement] provides us a roadmap to resolve a lot of our outstanding issues,” Akeeagok said. “The concerns that we’ve heard in terms of the communities saying that their voices need to have weight, need to be able to influence what they are experiencing.”


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