CAMBRIDGE BAY, NU – The co-proponents of the Grays Bay Road and Port Project (GBRP Project), the Government of Nunavut (GN) and the Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA), are pleased to announce they have made significant strides forward in advancing the project over the past few months. These recent successes were conveyed to a group of industry and government stakeholders that participated in a well-attended GBRP Project information session held in Vancouver on January 24, 2017, coinciding with the annual AME Roundup conference.
Nunavut Premier, the Honourable Peter Taptuna, and KIA Vice President – Economic Development, Charlie Lyall gave opening addresses, both stressing the importance of the GBRP Project as a catalyst for socio-economic development in western Nunavut.
Premier Taptuna noted that “the project will help to bridge the significant infrastructure gap that Canada’s North currently faces by creating a transportation backbone that improves the quality of life in northern communities and overcomes barriers to effective regional economic and business development and operation.”
An update presentation on the GBRP Project (available here) highlighted the following:
- KIA successfully carried out a community engagement tour in late November and early December 2016, presented information to several hundred community members across all five of the Kitikmeot region’s communities.
- Several letters of support and resolutions from key Kitikmeot organizations in favour of the GBRP Project were issued shortly after the engagement tour
- The co-proponents are on track to submit a comprehensive project description to the Nunavut Impact Review Board by March 2017, which will formally initiate the project’s environmental assessment process.
- The level of understanding about the GBRP project among departments and agencies of the federal government has become quite extensive given the engagement efforts of the project co-proponents.
The information session concluded with an address from the Honourable Dennis Patterson, Senator for Nunavut. Senator Patterson characterized the GBPR Project as an initiative capable of meeting many federal policy objectives, stating, “I believe that the GBRP ticks all the boxes of this new government’s stated priorities: it’s driven by Indigenous peoples; it helps communities further social initiatives with the money generated from Inuit Impact Benefit Agreements with companies and with money generated by the road; and it provides Canada with a new deep-water port in the north that will, in turn, increase sovereignty and security in the Arctic.”
Further presentations will take place in future mining focused conferences and interested parties can visit the project’s website (www.gbrp.ca ) for updates.