“…a good plan is of limited value if not fully implemented and followed”

Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit found the attached letter – from the Government of Nunavut Department of Environment to Agnico-Eagle Mines – on the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s ftp site. In the letter, the Department of Environment raises serious concerns with the implementation of Agnico-Eagle’s wildlife protection plan for the Meliadine gold exploration project. The letter begins:

“I wish to commend Agnico-Eagle Mines on the comprehensive scope of the Wildlife Protection and Response Plan developed for the Meliadine Gold Project.  It is obvious a great deal of detailed work has gone into developing these documents and protocols.  Unfortunately, a good plan is of limited value if not fully implemented and followed.  In recent weeks our Conservation Officers have documented incidents of non-compliance with the Response Plan, some of which may be offenses under the Wildlife Act (Nunavut).”

Agnico-Eagle’s response does not appear to have been made publicly available.

Department of Environment letter to Agnico-Eagle RE: implementation of wildlife protection/response plan


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Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit (Makita) is a Nunavut-based non-governmental organization. Made up of members from Baker Lake and Iqaluit, Makita is dedicated to fostering a critical public discussion about uranium mining in Nunavut.
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