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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...

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...