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Baffinland Iron Mines signs Inuit Certainty Agreement with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association

Mining News - Published on Fri, 10 Jul 2020

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Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation announced the signing of an Inuit Certainty Agreement with the Qikiqtani Inuit Association on June 16th, 2020. The signing of the ICA represents an important milestone in the development of the Mary River Project and provides greater certainty to Inuit that, should the Phase 2 proposal be approved, operations at Mary River will be managed in accordance with Inuit Societal Values and include expanded financial benefits for Inuit. This agreement also strengthens the relationship between QIA and Baffinland and represents a reaffirmed commitment to the responsible development of the Mary River Project on Inuit Owned Lands.

Earlier this year QIA and Baffinland began work to outline the process to reach agreement on commitments required to address concerns brought forward by Inuit during the Phase 2 environmental assessment process. The parties have since reached agreement on a series of commitments, primarily in respect of certain environmental, cultural, and economic matters related to the current operation as well as those outlined by the Phase 2 Project Proposal. The ICA introduces Inuit-led monitoring and governance initiatives that will ensure current and future operations respect Inuit values and ways of life through collaborative Inuit and Company efforts. This agreement places a high value on partnership and collaboration between Inuit and industry for mutual long term success.

The commitments agreed to under the ICA will be incorporated into the Mary River Project Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement and Commercial Lease.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Fri, 10 Jul 2020
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