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Arviat’s Ashton Kadjuk meeting the challenge as a mine supervisor

Ashton Kadjuk has parlayed his experience in drilling into a supervisory position at Agnico Eagle's new Meliadine gold mine. Kadjuk oversees a crew of 19 underground workers, who toil up to 325 metres below the...

Mining survey says: streamline regulations

The North's geology is alluring to exploration and mining companies but regulatory red tape remains a stumbling block, according to the recently released Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2018. The NWT ranks at...

Nakashuk presses GN for airline merger response; says Nunavut ‘not mentioned even once’ by...

Pangnirtung MLA Margaret Nakashuk is urging the GN to publicly release its input into the proposed First Air and Canadian North airline merger and expressed concern that Nunavut is being overlooked in the deal. While...

First gold poured at Agnico Eagle’s Meliadine mine

Agnico Eagle's Meliadine mine is nearing commercial production and poured its first gold on the morning of Feb. 21. Meliadine mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, as well as the upcoming Amaruq mine, are...

High hopes for commercial char fishery in Gjoa Haven

As a test fishery in Gjoa Haven approaches its fifth and final year, James Qitsualik is envisioning a commercial enterprise for Arctic char that could surpass the operation at Kitikmeot Foods in Cambridge Bay. "The...

Inuit corporations dismissive of Competition Bureau’s airline merger report

The Competition Bureau's review of a proposed First Air merger with Canadian North indicates that reduced schedules and higher prices are likely, but the Inuit corporations proposing the deal say the report is "superficial."  “Our...

Twenty years of trade show progress

On the 20th anniversary of the Kitikmeot Trade Show, some time was devoted to reflection on how far the event, and the region, has come. The 2019 recipients of the Willy Laserich Memorial Corporate Citizen...

Kitikmeot business sprouts from beans

Kaapittiaq Coffee, a product of the Kitikmeot Heritage Society made with beans purchased from Peru, was sampled at a recent community launch celebration. The product will hopefully be on store shelves by the end of...
Nunavut’s Alex Buchan is now vice president of corporate social responsibility for TMAC Resources Inc., which operates a gold mine 125 kilometres southwest of Cambridge Bay. Photo courtesy of Alex Buchan.

Homegrown mine executive finds success

One of Nunavut’s three operating mines just became a lot more local: Alex Buchan, born and raised in Nunavut, was promoted to vice president of TMAC Resources Inc. on Jan. 10. Previously manager of community...

Baffinland ships 5.1 million tonnes of ore from Mary River

Shipping season has officially closed at the Mary River mine. Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. announced Nov. 8 its plans to ship ore out from July 24 to October 17 were a success. "As we focus on...
Taloyoak's Kokiak Peetooloot, left, and Jimmy Porter of Gjoa Haven are Sabina Gold and Silver employees working at the Goose camp, approximately 75 km southwest of Bathurst Inlet. Sabina provides training on various pieces of equipment and puts a great deal of emphasis on safety, Porter says. Photo courtesy of Sabina Gold & Silver.

The movers of Goose camp

As Sabina Gold and Silver marches toward transforming its Back River gold project into the Kitikmeot's second gold mine, Jimmy Porter and Kokiak Peetooloot are two of the people keeping things moving, literally. Porter, from...
At a bid of $1.75 million, Summit Air, with its fleet of cargo planes, was the successful bidder on the GNWT's airlift contract for Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and Paulatuk. photo courtesy of Summit Air

Kitikmeot airlift could be completed in a few weeks, says GNWT official

The airlift of cargo into Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and Paulatuk, NT, is on pace to be complete in a few weeks, weather permitting. That was the assessment as of Oct. 30 from Derrick Briggs, director...

Nunavut mine training under scrutiny

There's a real risk that Nunavummiut will miss out on jobs as Agnico Eagle expands it workforce, warns John Main, MLA for Arviat North-Whale Cove. For the past several months, Main has been calling for...
At a bid of $1.75 million, Summit Air, with its fleet of cargo planes, was the successful bidder on the GNWT's airlift contract for Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk and Paulatuk. photo courtesy of Summit Air

GNWT not planning to offer airlift compensation

There will be no immediate help from the GNWT's Department of Infrastructure for those who are without vehicles or for businesses that take on extra expense due to the airlift that is replacing sealift. "I...
The last of the cargo, excluding vehicles, that didn't make it into Cambridge Bay or Kugluktuk by sealift this summer, will be delivered by planes starting later this week. photo courtesy of the Department of Infrastructure

Airlift to Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk to begin later this week

If all goes according to plan, the Government of the Northwest Territories' airlift to resupply Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk residents will begin later this week. The GNWT received a low bid of $1.75 million from...
Despite repeated attempts by the Government of Nunavut to assess the tax value of the Mary River Project, a September court judgment has nullified its 2016 notice of assessment. NNSL file photo.

Court voids tax assessment on Mary River Project lands

A court ruled that the Government of Nunavut failed to properly notify the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) and its lessee Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. that the Mary River Project lands were open to tax...
A Marine Transportation Services vessel and barge making a delivery in 2017, when Arctic Ocean conditions were much better than they are in the Kitikmeot now. Photo courtesy of the GNWT

GNWT minister can’t explain why barge was delayed

The GNWT's minister of Infrastructure said he can't explain why the last barge due into the Kitikmeot was delayed by a couple of weeks and was subsequently cancelled due to increasing sea ice. It may...

Baffinland, QIA sign updated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement

Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association announced the signing of an updated Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement (IIBA) on Wednesday that the company says will strengthen Baffinland's commitments to Qikiqtani communities. Baffinland and...
The recent buildup of ice in Kitikmeot waters has made conditions much more challenging for the GNWT's Marine Transportation Services division than when this photo was taken in September 2017. The last barge of the season is unable to get into Kugluktuk or Cambridge Bay, causing a huge headache for businesses, municipal governments and residents who are relying on the delivery of those supplies. photo courtesy of the GNWT

Lawsuit possibility raised as final Kitikmeot barge cancelled

Ice is preventing the final sealift barge from reaching Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk and alternative delivery options and compensation measures are being discussed. The barge, under the Government of the Northwest Territory's Marine Transportation Services...
A smiling Dustin Kapolak, right, takes a seat next to Sabina employee George Aitaok in a piece of heavy equipment. Sabina is constructing a gold mine in the area and continues to explore for additional sources of the precious metal.

Getting acquainted with the mining neighbours

Residents of Bathurst Inlet paid a visit to their mining neighbours on July 16. A full site tour, dinner and discussion of the exploration and mining activities ensued. Matthew Pickard, Sabina Gold & Silver's vice-president...