CAMBRIDGE BAY, NU – Between November 21st and December 2nd, representatives of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association (“KIA”) carried out a successful two-week long Community Engagement Tour of the Kitikmeot region. The purpose of the tour was to introduce the Grays Bay Road and Port Project to Kitikmeot residents, to identify issues and concerns that they may have individually and collectively that need addressing, and to help build community support for the project.
The first week of tour focused on the eastern Kitikmeot communities of Taloyoak, Gjoa Haven and Kugaaruk. Meetings held in these communities were hosted by KIA’s Vice President of Economic Development, Charlie Lyall. In the second week, the tour moved on to the western Kitikmeot communities of Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay, where KIA President, Stanley Anablak, and Nunavut Resources Corporation Chair, Charlie Evalik, led the engagements.
In addition to holding evening public meetings in ever community, the KIA team met with Hunters and Trappers Associations and Hamlet Councils. In a number of communities, the team was also able to deliver presentations to the local high schools that especially focused on the job, employment and training opportunities that the students could benefit from in the future should the project be constructed. Overall, the response to KIA’s engagement efforts was very supportive in all communities. Nevertheless, concerns were tabled and there is a lot of work that must be done to address these concerns and questions raised during the tour. KIA intends to return to the Kitikmeot communities early in 2017 to continue its engagement and provide more detailed information and project updates.