Environment & Permitting

Environmental Studies

Baseline studies provide us with a valuable way to understand the existing environmental and socio-economic conditions in the Back River Project area. They also give us the knowledge needed for assessing our potential impacts and developing our plans. We collected baseline information for the Project from 2001 to 2013 to support the preparation of our Environmental Impact Study.



Ongoing baseline studies:

Archaeology (study of life and cultures of the past)

Air quality

Bathymetry (study and measurement of sea depths)

Freshwater fish and fish habitat

Freshwater quality, sediment quality and aquatic biology

Human health and country foods

Hydrogeology (study of groundwater)

Hydrology (study of surface water)

Land use patterns

Mapping, vegetation and soils

Marine fish habitat

Marine water quality, sediment quality and aquatic biology

Meteorology (study of weather and climate)

Mine site drainage chemistry


Socio-economic conditions

Traditional knowledge

Wildlife including caribou, muskox, wolverine, grizzly bear, birds, waterfowl, raptors, seabirds, small mammals (including their den sites) and marine mammals


We’re looking at ways to avoid or minimize the project’s potential effects including those that go beyond the boundaries of the project’s properties. In addition, we’re looking at several animal species that migrate through the Back River Project area as well as to areas outside of Nunavut, including grizzly bears, migratory birds, caribou, and marine mammals.