BAY, Nunavut - An exploration team that includes young Inuit is
searching for minerals and soapstone on Inuit-owned lands this
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.
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.
is in Whale Cove co-ordinating a search for gold and soapstone.
introduces students to geology as a potential career," Johnson
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."
says Nunavut Tunngavik is also paying two university students to
study the land near Whale Cove.
that, he says the project moves to Sanikiluaq.
Scott, with the Geological Survey of Canada, says the mapping could
open the Belcher Islands up for mineral exploration.
don't think there's any exploration for minerals going on right
now in Sanikiluaq," Scott says.
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."
says there could be copper or nickel on the Belcher Islands.
says two of the four geologists from the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience
Office will join the Nunavut Tunngavik team to spend two weeks mapping