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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


August 9, 2003 - Issue 93


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Inuit Explore the World of Geology

by CBC North

CAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut - An exploration team that includes young Inuit is searching for minerals and soapstone on Inuit-owned lands this summer.

Wayne Johnson, the Senior Advisor on Minerals, Oil and Gas for Nunavut Tunngavik, says it's an opportunity for the Inuit organization to understand the mineral potential on it's own land and provide a career path for young Inuit.

He says 10 people, including two young Whale Cove Inuit, are helping to map and sample ore bodies on four land parcels where Inuit own the subsurface rights.

Johnson is in Whale Cove co-ordinating a search for gold and soapstone.

"It introduces students to geology as a potential career," Johnson says.

"And we're hoping that each summer, two students might be interested in pursuing this and taking the appropriate courses when they finish up high school."

Johnson says Nunavut Tunngavik is also paying two university students to study the land near Whale Cove.

After that, he says the project moves to Sanikiluaq.

David Scott, with the Geological Survey of Canada, says the mapping could open the Belcher Islands up for mineral exploration.

"I don't think there's any exploration for minerals going on right now in Sanikiluaq," Scott says.

"If as a government organization, we can stimulate an interest in companies looking for minerals in that part of the world, it does bring opportunities for people who wish to get involved in exploration."

Scott says there could be copper or nickel on the Belcher Islands.

He says two of the four geologists from the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office will join the Nunavut Tunngavik team to spend two weeks mapping near Sanikiluaq.

CAmbridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada Map

Maps by Travel

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