QIA “thanks” Nunavut regulator for decision on Mary River iron project
"We look forward to final project approval”
In a statement issued Sept. 17, the Qikiqtani Inuit Association thanked the Nunavut Impact Review Board and staff for all of their efforts in conducting a review of the proposed Mary River iron mine project, which wrapped up Sept. 14 when the NIRB produced its final hearing report and recommendation that the huge mine project proceed.
“It has been four years of hard work. QIA has been an integral part of this process and we look forward to final project approval,” said the QIA’s president Okalik Eegeesiak.
Pending the review of the NIRB’s report, John Duncan, the federal minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, may either approve or reject the project, the QIA noted.
If approved, the next step in the review process is the project certificate workshop, where interveners get together to discuss the various terms and conditions within the NIRB final hearing report.
The QIA now plans to conduct a detailed internal analysis of the NIRB report in preparation for the project certificate workshop and water license review.
Meanwhile, the QIA and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. continue to work towards reaching final agreements on an Inuit impact and benefit agreement and commercial production lease.