Qikiqtaaluk – The Qikiqtani Inuit Association and Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. signed off on the first full workplan for the Mary River Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement (IIBA) at a recent meeting in Arctic Bay.

Included are: the completion of an Inuit human resource strategy, the completion of an Inuit procurement and contracting strategy, the approval of a minimum Inuit employment plan, the approval of an employment and training plan, and the development and completion of workplace conditions surveys.

Baffinland and QIA representatives have pledged more resources, new strategies, and increased collaboration towards the implementation of the IIBA, according to a news release.

“This includes the re-instatement of the work readiness program for Inuit considering a job at Baffinland, the development of an apprenticeship program for Inuit interested in a job in mining, increased Baffinland presence within the North Baffin communities, and more collaboration with outside resources, such as the Government of Nunavut and Arctic College.”

The Mary River Annual Project Review also took place in Arctic Bay on May 9 and 10.
“QIA and Baffinland must present a response for how they will work to address each recommendation made at the annual project review forum. This report will be sent back to participants, and made public, 90 days following the end of the meetings,” the release stated.