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Construction workers open crates of supplies to build new homes in Arviat in October. Twenty units are scheduled to go up during the 2019-2020 construction season. photo courtesy of Nunavut Housing Corporation

Money for Nunavut housing drops 16 percent in 2019

PUBLISHER NOTE: For more construction stories, visit Northern Construction 2019 With a $55-million construction budget, the Nunavut Housing Corporation is planning to build 79 new residential units in communities outside Iqaluit in 2019-20. That's down from...

One-stop shopping for hunting, fishing, safety and Arctic Cat

The Rankin Inlet business community has a new member after Nitsik Leasing and Sales held its grand opening last week in Rankin Inlet. The new business is owned by Chris Connelly and Leo (Dali) Kaludjak...

Iqaluit chamber membership drive offers benefits to local business

The Iqaluit Chamber of Commerce, resurrected in early 2017 after an inactive phase, is seeking to up its membership from 42 to 55 in 2019. That's a far cry from the 18 members – eight...

Udloriak Hanson becomes a vice-president for Baffinland Iron Mines

Baffinland Iron Mines has hired Udloriak Hanson as vice-president of community and strategic development. Hanson is a former Government of Nunavut deputy minister of Economic Development and Transportation and a former chief negotiator and chief...

Baffinland CEO makes a case for mine expansion

A proposed railway and many more cargo ships are the major concerns Baffinland Iron Mines' CEO Brian Penney is hearing about in relation to the miner's phase two expansion proposal, which would increase shipping...

Mining North Works ‘demystifies’ the industry

Mining is working for Nunavut, and the proof is in the pudding, as they say. Today we are seeing more and more Nunavummiut finding meaningful jobs in mining. We are seeing Nunavut mining business on...

Arctic Co-operatives wins Baffinland flight contract

Baffinland Iron Mines has chosen Arctic Co-operatives to transport employees and cargo from the south to its Mary River mine. The air services contract was officially awarded in March and takes effect as of April...

Sabina delays gold mine by a year due to lack of equity investment

Instead of opening in 2021, Sabina Gold and Silver's gold mine will now start operations in late 2022, at the earliest. That's a decision the company made in February when it couldn't find a taker...

With technical performance improving, TMAC focuses on profitability at Doris North

A flawed processing plant and some "poor decision making" at TMAC's Doris North gold site led to struggles meeting production expectations during the mine's first two years of operation. That's a candid admission from Jason...

Meliadine moves to the forefront for Agnico Eagle

The torch is being passed between Agnico Eagle's Kivalliq gold mines. After years of exploration, planning and construction, Agnico Eagle poured its first gold at the Meliadine mine, 25 km north of Rankin Inlet, on...

Mining companies seek more Inuit employees

Mining companies across the territory share the aspiration of hiring more Inuit employees, a requirement outlined in Inuit Impact Benefit Agreements. But it's easier said than done. In the Kitikmeot, TMAC Resources has a 600-person...

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...