Caribou Board Concerned About Timing of Community Meetings; Review Board Confirms Meetings Scheduled for Spring

On February 25, 2013, The Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou Management Board (BQCMB) wrote to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB). In the letter, the BQCMB expressed concern with the tentative schedule for technical and community meetings for AREVA’s proposed Kiggavik uranium mine.

Previously, the NIRB had indicated that technical and community meetings  were tentatively scheduled for late May and early June of 2013. The BQCMB letter claimed that holding meetings at this time would impede the participation of hunters, because late May and early June are important hunting seasons.

This follows similar complaints from Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit and The North Slave Métis Alliance, both of which asked the NIRB to reschedule community meetings for the fall of 2013. The NIRB responded to Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit by refusing to reschedule meetings for the fall. However, the NIRB committed to consulting with communities about the specific dates for meetings.

On February 27, the NIRB confirmed that the meetings will take place in late May and early June. The NIRB made no reference to the BQCMB’s letter. Nor did the NIRB refer to the community consultations regarding meeting times promised in the previous letter to Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit.

Letter to Nunavut Impact Review Board. (December 3, 2012) Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit

Letter to Nunavut Impact Review Board. (December 6, 2012) North Slave Métis Alliance

Letter to Nunavummiut Makitagunarningit. (December 7, 2012) Nunavut Impact Review Board

BQCMB Letter to NIRB: -Comments on Kiggavik Technical Review Timeline (February 25, 2013)

NIRB Letter: Technical Meeting and Conference Schedule; Technical Comment Forms (February 27, 2013) Nunavut Impact Review Board

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About makitanunavut

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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