Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq responds to seismic testing protests
“I have been and will continue to monitor this situation very closely"
Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq has responded, in a statement emailed to Nunatsiaq News Aug. 11, to protests against seismic testing in Baffin Bay and Davis Strait, referring to what she called “misconceptions about the regulatory system in Canada.”
“The National Energy Board is an independent agency that makes its decisions based on science and facts, void of political interference,” her statement said.
Nunavut artist Lucy Tulugarjuk recently told Nunatsiaq News that she refused to perform for Aglukkaq, at the request of a Fort Smith-area chief, to protest what she described as the MP’s lack of leadership on the issue.
Aglukkaq’s statement listed expectations she has for any company wanting to do seismic testing off Nunavut’s coast:
• that the NEB consider and mitigate environmental impacts through an environmental assessment;
• that meaningful consultation by the NEB and the company is carried out with affected Inuit communities;
• that Inuit traditional knowledge be incorporated;
• that Inuit benefit from the activity; and,
• that appropriate conditions are attached to any permit granted by the NEB to ensure environmental and community safety.
An open letter from Clyde River resident Niore Iqalukjuak called on Aglukkaq to respond to community concerns.
“I have been and will continue to monitor this situation very closely to ensure that the interests of northern Canadians are protected,” Aglukkaq’s statement said.