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New Inuit benefit agreement crucial for future of Mary River mine, says Baffinland – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on July 8, 202028 Views

8 July 2020

“Baffinland cannot wait until the end of COVID to secure its phase two approval”

Baffinland Iron Mines’ CEO Brian Penney says some negotiation was involved between the company and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association in writing the recently signed Inuit Certainty Agreement, but it was agreed upon by both parties overall.

The new joint benefit agreement, called the Inuit Certainty Agreement, outlines direct benefits for the communities affected by the Mary River mine, Inuit oversight of the project, and expanded programming for the affected communities.

P.J. Akeeagok, QIA’s president, said the new agreement “puts Inuit in the driver’s seat.”

Highlights of the agreement include Inuit-led environmental monitoring, expanded wildlife compensation, increased royalty payments, and financial commitments to build daycares in the affected communities.

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