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Government of Nunavut ransomware update

15 November 2019

The Government of Nunavut (GN) can confirm that payments for Financial Assistance to Nunavut Students (FANS), Adult Learning Training Supports and Foster Parent payments will be issued to clients today, and that future payments for those programs will be issued as scheduled.

Income Assistance payments in Iqaluit are now being delivered as scheduled, following the regular process.

Nunavummiut on Income Assistance in communities outside Iqaluit will continue to receive vouchers.

Income Assistance clients can contact their income assistance worker in their community, if they have questions or concerns.

We would like to remind Nunavummiut that government services are open and functional. The GN can be reached by phone, fax and voicemail. All information on government programs and services is available at

Translations will be provided as soon as they are available.


Bill 25 won’t uphold Inuit language rights, Nunavut education board says – CBC

Coalition crafts Inuktut instruction reforms that mirror French education laws

Nov 15, 2019

A Nunavut education group is calling out a “huge inequality” between language groups in Nunavut’s current education act, and saying a proposed amendment won’t improve the situation.

In preparation for coming public hearings on Bill 25, an act to amend the Education Act and the Inuit Language Protection Act, the Coalition of Nunavut District Education Authorities worked with lawyers to create its own proposed changes to Nunavut’s existing education act, which has been in place since 2008.

Those suggested amendments mirror existing legislation used in Nunavut for French language education.

“If the government is not going to deal with this language imbalance, and if Bill 25 won’t address the language concerns then here is something they could consider weighing as they consider what is the best way to address education in Nunavut,” said James Arreak, interim executive director for the coalition.

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Government of YT – Government responds to Wolverine mine security report

The Government of Yukon has responded to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ review of the process by which the security amount for the Wolverine mine was determined. The security is a deposit companies pay in advance to cover the cleanup and closure costs of their mine, also known as reclamation and closure.

The Government of Yukon contracted PricewaterhouseCoopers to carry out an independent review of how the government assessed and approved reclamation and closure plans, and set the financial security amount for the Wolverine mine since its temporary closure in October 2015.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ review includes the following recommendations for the Government of Yukon:

  • A holistic risk assessment of a company’s financial status and cash flow sensitivity to changing economic conditions prior to granting them a license;
  • proactive identification of risks that could increase liabilities at the site; and
  • the addition of a clearer internal communication protocol for staff to follow when reporting on risks to senior decision-makers.

The Government of Yukon has responded to these recommendations with several commitments to reduce the likelihood of a reoccurrence of the Wolverine mine site situation including:

  • seeking input from stakeholders about including a risk assessment as part of the Government of Yukon’s review of updated reclamation and closure plans;
  • a review of the feasibility of establishing a Yukon mine reclamation fund;
  • examination of how the Government of Yukon currently structures the terms and conditions of licenses to allow for more proactive intervention at mine sites when risks are identified; and
  • strengthened coordination between branches within government with formalized internal roles, responsibilities, processes and accountabilities.

Both the review and the government response are available on the Government of Yukon website.

The Government of Yukon is examining past events to gain better understanding and ensure best decision-making practices going forward when it comes to setting security amounts, enforcing licence requirements and, importantly, protecting the environment.

Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai

Quick facts
  • A receiver has assumed care and control of Yukon Zinc Corporation since September 13, 2019. The appointed receiver, with Government of Yukon, have taken over ongoing care and maintenance operations at the Wolverine mine site.
  • While both the receiver of Wolverine mine and the authors of the review are part of PricewaterhouseCoopers network, the two services come from distinct PricewaterhouseCoopers operations.
  • The Government of Yukon continues to update Ross River Dena Council, Liard First Nation, Dease River First Nation, and Kwadacha Nation about activities at the Wolverine mine.

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications

Natalie Pendergast
Energy Mines and Resources


Government of NT – Katrina Nokleby: Canadian Marine Advisory Council Opening Remarks

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Good morning and thank you for having me here today to mark the opening of the 2019 annual meeting of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council. Before I begin, I’d like to thank a few people.

First to Sharie Currie, Regional Director General of Transport Canada, Prairie and Northern Region, for inviting me to welcome the delegates.

I’d also like to thank Transport Canada for hosting this meeting in the Northwest Territories. The GNWT appreciates it, and finds it appropriate that no less than once each year this gathering is held “North of 60”, where so much marine activity – that is vital to northern communities and Canada’s interests, takes place.

And finally, I’d like to thank each of you for taking the trip to be here for this event. I know that November isn’t the warmest of months and many of you have travelled quite a distance to be here, so allow me to give credit and thanks to all of you who have made the journey.

As the new Minister of Infrastructure, I look forward to opportunities for discussion, collaboration and innovation with our partners in the marine industry.

The issues that you will discuss over the next two days have an impact on the daily lives of Canadians – especially northerners – and have national and international significance for marine carriers and mariners.

As an essential lifeline for many residents of the Northwest Territories, the GNWT is invested in and supports the economic growth of the marine infrastructure sector.

Remote Indigenous communities on Great Slave Lake, the Mackenzie River, and the Arctic coastline rely on this method of transportation for the resupply of essential goods, such as fuel, groceries, vehicles and building materials.

This is no easy task in an environment known for extremes.

Northern businesses and industry depend on the fuel, construction materials, provisions and equipment that are delivered each year by ship and tug and barge, just as they also depend on marine carriers to transport the raw materials that they produce to markets outside of Canada’s north.

This fall, we celebrate the one year anniversary of the opening of the NWT Marine Training Centre in Hay River. A centre that introduces Northern residents to seafaring careers and in doing so promotes and cultivates a northern marine workforce for the future. I understand that to-date, 258 students have attended and I’d like to congratulate each of them.
The Marine Training Centre was a vision made possible by Transport Canada, through funding under the Oceans Protection Plan. The facility supports the growth of the NWT marine and fishing sector and increases local marine emergency response by strengthening the capabilities of our residents.

The Government of Canada continues to play an important role in supporting Northern development, and the GNWT appreciates our ongoing partnership and commitment to improve the lives of Northerners.

I would also like to acknowledge Transport Canada again, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Canadian Coast Guard and stand-alone Arctic Region for their dedication of resources to northern shipping in an environment that includes some of the most challenging conditions anywhere.

Their hard work to ensure the safety and security of marine operations in Arctic waters plays an important role in the success of the north, and to all Canadians.

And on that note, I wish everyone the best during your discussions over the next couple of days. Our government looks forward to continuing the important work with its partners in the federal government and across Canada to enhance the marine services on which our residents and businesses rely.

Thank you and have a great day.


Baffinland lays off 586 contract employees, halts planned work – Nunatsiaq News

“There is no date for remobilization at this time”

14 November, 2019

Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. says it has laid off 586 contracted employees working at its Mary River mine.

Of those contractors, 96 are Inuit and 490 are non-Inuit, the company said in an email to Nunatsiaq News.

No direct Baffinland employees are affected, Baffinland said.

The layoffs come shortly after the Nunavut Impact Review Board’s decision on Nov. 6 to abruptly adjourn its public hearing on the company’s expansion plans.

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A roundup of the Nunavut legislature’s busy fall sitting – Nunatsiaq News

14 November, 2019

The territory now has one new MLA, a new statutory holiday, nine passed bills and a lot more

The fall sitting of Nunavut’s legislature, which wrapped up on Thursday, Nov. 7, was a busy one.

The three-week sitting began on Oct. 17, opening with the swearing-in of David Qamaniq, the newly elected MLA from Pond Inlet and closed on Nov. 7, with the passing of Bill 29, which saw Nunavut Day become a statutory holiday.

During the sitting MLAs also passed Bill 30, the Appropriation Act—the government’s capital budget—but not without some setbacks.

Earlier in the sitting, the Nunavut Housing Corp.’s $43-million capital budget vote was deferred because of disputes over the accuracy of the data used to determine where the territory’s next social housing units will be built.

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Government of YT: Feedback sought on draft climate change, energy and green economy strategy

November 14, 2019

Yukoners are invited to provide feedback on a new draft strategy: Our Clean Future: A Yukon strategy for climate change, energy and a green economy.

This fall, the Government of Yukon declared a climate change emergency. The strategy outlines how the territory proposes to take action to address the impacts of climate change while building a green economy and ensuring Yukoners have access to reliable, affordable and renewable energy.  The draft strategy was developed in collaboration with Yukon First Nations, transboundary Indigenous groups and Yukon municipalities.

Yukoners are invited to provide their input on Our Clean Future by attending community meetings happening throughout the territory or by completing an online survey at until January 17, 2020.

Yukoners are calling for action to address climate change and our government is listening. It is important that we take part in the global shift to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build a greener economy, and fuel our lives with clean and reliable energy. I encourage all Yukoners to share their thoughts on the draft strategy and help shape Yukon’s next ten years.

Minister of Environment Pauline Frost

Our Clean Future outlines how we propose to create new economic opportunities and meet growing energy needs while addressing climate change and building a clean, resilient future for all Yukoners. I would like to thank everyone that has provided input so far and I encourage all Yukoners to provide their feedback on this draft strategy.

Minister of Economic Development and Energy, Mines and Resources Ranj Pillai

Quick facts
  • Our Clean Future outlines 26 objectives and 142 actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meet increasing energy demands, help us adapt to the impacts of climate change and build a green economy in Yukon.
  • The draft strategy sets a target to reduce Yukon’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. Yukon’s greenhouse gas emissions per person are currently the sixth highest in Canada, at about 18 tonnes per person. 75 per cent of Yukon’s total greenhouse gas emissions come from road transportation and heating.
  • Close to 93 per cent of Yukon’s electricity comes from renewable sources. Our Clean Future will see this continue, even as our population and electricity demands grow.
  • Only 26 per cent of our current heat energy is from renewable sources. The draft strategy sets a target to meet 40 per cent of our heating needs with renewable energy sources by 2030.
  • Our Clean Future will replace both the 2009 Climate Change Action Plan and the 2009 Energy Strategy for Yukon.

Matthew Cameron
Cabinet Communications

Diana Dryburgh-Moraal
Communications, Environment

Jesse Devost
Communications, Energy, Mines and Resources


All season road permits for NorZinc’s Prairie Creek Mine granted by Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board

November 14, 2019 ─ Vancouver, British Columbia ─ NorZinc Ltd. (TSX: NZC; OTCQB: NORZF) (the “Company” or “NorZinc”) is pleased to report that the Mackenzie Valley Land & Water Board (“MVLWB”) has issued Water Licences and the Land Use Permit for the all season road access to the Prairie Creek Mine in the NWT, Canada.

NWT Road Permits Issued

These permits will allow the Company to construct and operate an all season road on NWT and Indian Affairs Branch land, once a number of management and monitoring plans have been approved. The Company now awaits similar approval of permits by Parks Canada for the areas of the all season road within Parks Canada’s jurisdiction. NorZinc already has permits to construct and operate the Prairie Creek Mine.

Don MacDonald, President & CEO of NorZinc Ltd. stated, “These are the final permits necessary to build the all season road on Territorial land. When the related permits are received from Parks Canada, we will have all the permits needed for the entire all season road. Once the management and monitoring plans that form part of the permits have been approved, we will be able to construct the road.” MacDonald added, “NorZinc has been working on this milestone since 2013 and I would like to thank the NorZinc team for their amazing work diligence over many years, and the local Indigenous communities for their support through one of the most comprehensive environmental review processes in the world.”

Construction and Financing

The construction of the Prairie Creek Mine is planned in two phases with timing for commencement dependent upon approval of the management plans. Phase 1 construction of the all season road is planned to be started in 2020 with limited supplies delivered to site to support the mine refurbishment program. In 2021 and 2022, the main site construction is planned to be completed, including installation of a dense media separation circuit, new backfill plant, electrical facilities, as well as underground development to access high grade ore for the initial years of operation. Most underground development for the current 15-year mine life is planned to be completed between 2021 and 2024.

The Company is planning to finance the multi-year construction program for the Prairie Creek Project in at least two stages – using equity or other forms of non-equity financing (such as a silver stream) to finance the first stage; and using more conventional bank debt or hybrid financing (such as offtake financing) for the second stage. The Company, in September 2019, agreed to sell a 1.0% NSR to RCF VI CAD LLC and upon shareholder approval, expected on November 18, 2019, will receive $8 million to be used for the development of the Project.

About NorZinc

NorZinc is a TSX-listed mine development Company trading under the symbol “NZC”. The Company is developing its key project, the 100%-owned high grade zinc-lead-silver Prairie Creek Mine, located in the Northwest Territories. The Company also owns projects in Newfoundland that host several zinc-lead-copper-gold-silver deposits.

For further information contact:

Don MacDonald
President & CEO
(604) 688-2001
Suite 1710 – 650 West Georgia Street, Vancouver,
BC V6B 4N9

Steve Dawson
VP Corporate Development
(416) 203-1418
Suite 1805,
55 University Avenue,
Toronto, ON M5J 2H7


Kitikmeot Inuit head to polls in December to elect KIA executives – Nunatsiaq News

Three vice-presidents and a board member are up for election

14 November, 2019

Kitikmeot Inuit will vote next month to fill four executive positions in their birthright organization.

Eligible Kitikmeot Inuit beneficiaries can vote on Dec. 9 or on Dec. 2, in an advance poll, to choose new vice-presidents for social and cultural development, economic development, and wildlife and environment, as well as a new board member for Cambridge Bay.

The KIA’s chief returning officer, Martina Maniyogina, listed the candidates for the four-year term positions in a news release:

  • vice-president of social and cultural development: Bob Aknavigak, Darlene Metuituk
  • vice-president of economic development: Clara Evalik, Charlie Lyall (incumbent)
  • vice-president of wildlife and environment: Joe Ashevak, Attima Hadlari (incumbent), George Sonny Porter

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Iqaluit City Council Appoints new Deputy Mayor, Alternate Deputy Mayor and Committee Chairs

Iqaluit City Council Appoints new Deputy Mayor, Alternate Deputy Mayor and Committee Chairs

November 13, 2019 (Iqaluit, Nunavut) – On November 12, at the first meeting of Iqaluit’s new Mayor and Council, Janet Brewster was appointed as the new Deputy Mayor. Mayor Bell recommended the appointed, which was unanimously supported by the council.

“I am proud to recommend the nomination of Councillor Brewster for Deputy Mayor. She is a strong voice for our City’s most vulnerable citizens and I look forward to working with her for positive change,” said Mayor Bell.

The new council also selected an Alternate Deputy Mayor, Solomon Awa and appointed chairpersons and representatives for City committees and boards as follows:

Finance Committee of the Whole:

Chairperson- Councillor Sheppard, Vice Chairperson- Councillor Lucassie

Public Works and Engineering Committee of the Whole:

Chairperson -Councillor Stevenson, Vice Chairperson – Councillor Akumalik

Planning and Development Committee of the Whole:

Chairperson- Councillor Akumalik and Vice Chairperson -Councillor Awa

Economic Development and Strategic Planning:

Chairperson – Councillor Flaherty and Vice Chairperson- Councillor Brewster

Note: Committees of the Whole are comprised of all council members

Taxi Advisory Committee:

Chairperson – Councillor Sheppard and Vice Chairperson – Councillor Akumalik

Recreation Advisory Committee:

Chairperson – Councillor Awa, Vice Chairperson – Councillor Lucassie and member -Councillor Brewster

Grievance Committee:

Chairperson -Councillor Lucassie and Vice Chairperson- Councillor Sheppard

Development Appeal Board Chairperson:

Councillor Stevenson

Board of Revisions Chairperson:

Councillor Stevenson

Search and Rescue Mayor’s Representative:

Councillor Nattaq

For additional information, please contact:

Rod Mugford

City Clerk

City of Iqaluit



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