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Inuit must lead Nunavut mine development: Ken Coates – Nunatsiaq.com
by pmnationtalk onApril 12, 201845 Views
April 11, 2018
“There is a new Arctic developing, and it’s an Arctic that is based on sharing resource wealth”
Including Inuit in Nunavut’s resource development sector is non-negotiable, the respected academic Ken Coates told attendees at Nunavut’s 21st mining symposium in a keynote speech April 10 at the Koojesse Room in Iqaluit’s Frobisher Inn.
“The mining corporations know what they need to do: you need to have collaborative relationships with the Government of Nunavut and with the communities,” Coates said.
A historian who holds the position of Canada research chair in regional innovation at the University of Saskatchewan, Coates, originally from Yukon, has published numerous books about the history of the northern territories, Indigenous rights and northern development.
He delivered his speech to a mostly non-Inuit audience of Nunavut mining executives, mineral exploration experts and bureaucrats.