OTTAWA -- The Honourable R. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and Nancy Karetak-Lindell, Member of Parliament for Nunavut, on behalf of the Honourable Andy Scott, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, announced today the start of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association's aeromagnetic survey of Nunavut's South Baffin region. The Government of Canada, through Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), is investing $1 million to support the aeromagnetic survey, which builds upon a previous $1.02 million invested to support NRCan's predictive mapping project.
"Canada's North is a vast area of unique cultural and ecological significance that also holds great economic potential," said Minister Efford. "Coupling NRCan's predictive mapping project with this aeromagnetic survey will stimulate research and exploration in new areas of the region and benefit communities throughout Nunavut."
"Aeromagnetic mapping is a necessary part of the basic geoscientific infrastructure required by industry, academia, governments and the public. By supporting this, INAC and NRCan are demonstrating the Government of Canada's commitment to furthering geoscience infrastructure in Nunavut," said Ms. Karetak-Lindell. "Partnerships between federal departments and regional Inuit associations will continue to support this infrastructure and attract much-needed investment in the territory."
Thomasie Alikatuktuk, President of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, said he is pleased to see support for this initiative. "This is an excellent example of the Government of Canada and Inuit working together," he said. "It is encouraging to know that the results of this survey will attract private-sector interest to the South Baffin region to the benefit of both Inuit and the Crown. The commitment made by Minister Scott and Minister Efford is an investment in Nunavut's future."
NRCan will combine the aeromagnetic data of Nunavut's South Baffin region with other available geoscience data, including satellite imagery, to create a predictive map that will be used to guide ground-based bedrock mapping. The initiative will assist Inuit in identifying carving- stone resources, aid exploration companies in their search for minerals, reduce field and mapping costs, allow public access to mapping and geological information, and increase industry investment in Nunavut on both Crown and Inuit-owned land.
The funding for the survey is part of the $90 million for Northern Economic Development that was announced in Budget 2004. The survey will help advance the Government of Canada's commitment to the sustainable development of our natural resources. The Government is committed to building on the strength of our country and our people, with all their diversity, knowledge and determination. The natural resources sectors and allied industries are a vital part of Canada's economy and society.
This initiative is consistent with the goal of establishing strong foundations for sustainable economic development, one of the seven key goals of the proposed Northern Strategy Framework released by the Prime Minister and Territorial First Ministers on December 14, 2004. For more information on the Northern Strategy, please visit www.northernstrategy.ca.
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The Government of Canada announced the start of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association's aeromagnetic survey of Nunavut's South Baffin region today. The survey will further Canada's geoscience infrastructure in the North, helping attract private-sector investment to the region. The Government is investing $1 million to support the survey.
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