Finding What Works: Mining in Inuit Nunangat
Project Leader: Frances Abele, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
Community Partners: Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., Iqaluit, NU
This proposal is intended to draw on the combined experience of Inuit organizations and communities in Inuit Nunangat in order to understand how Inuit-industry-government partnerships have helped to ensure mining projects achieve positive results for Inuit employees and communities. We will examine what appear to be successful aspects of contemporary mining projects across Inuit Nunangat and develop criteria that could be used to define “success.” To do this, we will find out what goals the partners in each mining project set, how these goals have been met, and whether there is evidence of positive long-term impacts on communities. Our methodology will involve consultations with Inuit organizations in each region of Inuit Nunangat, a scoping process involving a literature review and interviews to identify key partnership initiatives, and a series of interviews about each partnership initiative with representatives from stakeholder groups. Divergent goals or criteria for success will also be recorded. The results of this research will help Inuit organizations, governments, industry, and the concerned public gain valuable knowledge not only about successful mining initiatives, but also about the circumstances contributing, perhaps, to their success.