Dene Nation Rejects Mining Project in Nunavut

MMG, a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned China Minmetals, wants to begin work on the Izok Lake project, 260 km south of Kugluktuk, Nunavut in late 2014, before the regulatory process is complete.  The Izok project could be producing zinc, copper and lead by 2018.  The Dene Nation, Lutsel K’e Dene and Yellowknives Dene rejected the MMG project outright.

The problem is that this region is the calving area for the migrating caribou herds.  The caribou herd population has finally stabalized after a steady 25 year decline.  The Izok project involves two separate mines that require draining four lakes, 350 km of roads, two air strips, camps for 1,100 workers and a port at Gray’s Bay, 180 km east of Kugluktuk, capable of berthing ships of 50,000 tonnes.  To complicate matters, there are other options that are being explored that have been in the works for many years.

To learn about this interesting story, visit Nunavut Port Project A Challenge To Yellowknife by the Northern Journal, February 26, 2013.

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