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NEWS: Nunavut October 23, 2012 - 3:13 pm

Kivalliq Inuit org signs new IIBA for Meadowbank

New deal replaces agreement with mine’s previous owner

JANE GEORGE
David Ningeongan, president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association, updates delegates at the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. annual general meeting Oct. 23 in Iqaluit. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
David Ningeongan, president of the Kivalliq Inuit Association, updates delegates at the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. annual general meeting Oct. 23 in Iqaluit. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

The Kivalliq Inuit Association has finally signed off on a new Inuit impact and benefits agreement with Agnico-Eagle Mines Ltd. for the Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake.

The IIBA replaces an earlier IIBA negotiated with the mine’s previous owner, Cumberland Resources Ltd.

The IIBA provides priority hiring for all Inuit throughout the Kivalliq region, David Ningeongan, president of the Kivalliq association, told delegates at the Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. annual general meeting Oct. 23 in Iqaluit.

The IIBA also provides preferential treatment for Inuit on contracts, he said.

The KIA has also started negotiations on an IIBA for the Meliadine gold mine project near Rankin Inlet, as well as community consultations in Rankin Inlet and Chesterfield Inlet, the two communities closest to the project.

The KIA has also named John Hickes of Rankin Inlet as its lead negotiator for an IIBA with Areva Resources Canada on its Kiggavik uranium project, 80 kilometres west of Baker Lake.

Ningeongan cited a survey done last year that showed support for further negotiations with Areva.

All negotiation sessions for IIBAs now take place in the Kivalliq, Ningeongan said in his report to the AGM.

“In the past, all negotiations were conducted in the South and I am happy to have made this commitment to show that our team is committed to negotiating in the region,” he said, adding that this has been a cost saving to the association.

Mining in the Kivalliq region has already produced royalties for NTI: two payments,  $2,249,500 in 2011, and a second payment of $375,000 in 2012.

“Although NTI is receiving the royalty payment, hopefully the KIA will see their portion in the not-too-distant future,” Ningeongan said.

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