Traditional Knowledge & IIBA
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA) and Sabina collaborated on the Project’s traditional knowledge (TK) study. We signed an agreement with the KIA in May 2012 to access the Naonaiyaotit Traditional Knowledge Project (NTKP) database. Traditional knowledge provides us with baseline information, helps with project design and the development of mitigation strategies, and assists with project monitoring.
In August 2013, KIA staff and consultants were in Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk to host TK workshops that focused on heritage and land use as well as the terrestrial and marine environments associated with the Project. Sabina funded these workshops and will incorporate information from them into its Final Environmental Impact Statement.
Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement (IIBA)
Before starting mine operations, we’ll negotiate an Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement (IIBA) with the KIA. This agreement will outline Sabina’s social, economic and environmental commitments to the Kitikmeot people and region.