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Sustainable development in Nunavut; the role of geoscience

Ross L. Sherlock, David J. Scott, Gordon MacKay and Wayne Johnson
Sustainable development in Nunavut; the role of geoscience (in Sustainable mining in the 21st century; a role for geoscientists, J. P. Richards (editor))
Exploration and Mining Geology (October 2003) 12 (1-4): 21-30


The demographics of Nunavut indicate a very young and poorly educated population spread over wide areas in small isolated communities. The current economic sectors will be unable to expand and meet the demands of this emerging workforce. Given the realities of Nunavut, the most promising direction in which the economy may expand is through mineral development. The Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) has established the legislative framework for sustainable development in Nunavut through mineral development. The NLCA has transferred ownership for much of Nunavut's potential mineral resources to beneficiaries of the lands claim. Royalties generated from mining operations on subsurface Inuit-owned lands, and to a lesser extent on Crown land, will flow back to beneficiaries of the lands claim through their administrative company, which may then be invested in the communities. Additional benefits of mineral resource development in Nunavut will be realized through impact and benefit agreements. To realize the benefits from mining operations, Nunavut has to be able to attract and support exploration and development companies through the release of high-quality geoscience data. However, due to Nunavut's isolation and the expense of conducting geoscience fieldwork, the jurisdiction lags far behind the rest of Canada in terms of quality and quantity of government geoscience. About 70% of the territory is inadequately mapped to attract exploration companies or to make informed land-use decisions. The role of government-funded geoscience in Nunavut is to stimulate exploration and discovery through new framework mapping and focused thematic projects. The timely delivery of high-quality geoscience products will attract exploration companies to Nunavut and further their efforts to discover and develop mineral resources in order that the subsequent benefits of this activity may flow to the beneficiaries of the NLCA as well as all other residents of Nunavut.

ISSN: 0964-1823
Serial Title: Exploration and Mining Geology
Serial Volume: 12
Serial Issue: 1-4
Title: Sustainable development in Nunavut; the role of geoscience
Title: Sustainable mining in the 21st century; a role for geoscientists
Author(s): Sherlock, Ross L.Scott, David J.MacKay, GordonJohnson, Wayne
Author(s): Richards, J. P.editor
Affiliation: Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office, Iqaluit, NU, Canada
Affiliation: University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Pages: 21-30
Published: 200310
Text Language: English
Publisher: Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, Montreal, QC, Canada
Meeting name: SUM21 workshop
Meeting location: Burnaby, BC, CAN, Canada
Meeting date: 20020502May 2-3, 2002
References: 21
Accession Number: 2005-021084
Categories: Environmental geologyEconomic geology, general, deposits
Document Type: Serial Conference document
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch maps
N52°00'00" - N83°00'00", W136°30'00" - W61°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Government of Nunavut, CAN, CanadaNunavut Tunngavik, Cambridge Bay, NU, CAN, Canada
Country of Publication: Canada
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 200508
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