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Six principles—A guide for Uranium mining in the Territory

Under its principles the Government of Nunavut:

  • Regards mining, including uranium mining, as an important potential source of revenues to meet the needs of Nunavut’s growing population and also as a potential source of employment and associated skills development for Nunavummiut.
  • Recognizes that uranium development places special responsibilities on government because of the nature of uranium and its by-products, the history of its use for both peaceful and non-peaceful purposes, and its potential risks to human health and the environment.
  • Understands that uranium development must have the support of Nunavummiut, especially in communities close to uranium development.
  • Will support uranium development in Nunavut provided that the following conditions are satisfied:
    1. Health and safety standards that are at least at Canada’s national standard must be assured for workers involved in uranium development in Nunavut;
    2. Environmental standards must be assured, especially for the land, water and wildlife;
    3. Nunavummiut must be the major beneficiaries of uranium development activities.
  • Believes that nuclear power generation will be an important part of global strategies for ensuring energy supplies while reducing reliance on greenhouse gas-emitting fossil fuels.
  • Believes that Canadian law and international agreements provide a reasonable level of assurance that uranium mined in Nunavut will be used for peaceful purposes.

May 2007

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