Mining boom brings potential jobs, but can Nunavut residents step up?

25 April 2007 | 07:23 Code : 13496 Geoscience events
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“Trying to get the communities interested in trades is a huge issue”(CP) - A few....
“Trying to get the communities interested in trades is a huge issue”(CP) - A few years ago, life in Baker Lake was fairly routine: people played cards, watched hockey, went fishing and hunted for caribou.But in the last two years, the Arctic hamlet known as the geographic centre of Canada has become the centre for uranium exploration in Nunavut's rich Thelon basin. That means summer jobs for residents as cooks, labourers and guides on the land.Just north of town, Meadowbank Mining Corp. is preparing to build Canada's largest open-pit gold mine. That requires something new for isolated, landlocked Baker Lake - a 110-kilometre road into the tundra. To build it, Meadowbank plans to hire about 40 local people, which will inject about $250,000 in wages into the community. Read more

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