​Safeguarding Traditional Activities

Raglan Mine improved dust suppression and implemented a monitoring program to address the local Inuit people's concern regarding hunting and fishing in the region of Nunavik.

 

In the area of Lakes Pangaligiak and Tasialurjuaq (also known as Lakes Françoys-Malherbe and Duquet), the local Inuit voiced their concerns about proper safeguarding of their traditional activities. Situated near the road to Deception Bay from Glencore's Raglan Mine in northern Quebec, these lakes are important to Inuit because they are the locations where the local population often hunt and fish.

As a direct response to the concerns of Inuit people in the area, dust generation was limited by adding dust suppressants to the road, implementing a road dust control program in the Deception Bay area, as well as by restricting the speed of vehicles to minimize deposition of dust.

Moreover, a total of nine dust jars were installed and systematically analyzed every two weeks during the summer to measure emissions, validate the water quality in both lakes and confirm the efficiency of the dust suppressant applied on the roads.

So far, results reveal that the total amount of dust sampled in the jars is representative of the natural environment, and the water quality in Lakes Tasialurjuaq and Pangaligiak are well within the provincial standards. The Inuit have upheld these findings in their own observations when they visit the area.

Future commitments

Raglan Mine continues to run the dust suppression and fall monitoring program having done so throughout the summer of 2017.

As part of the program, land users are consulted on a regular basis to confirm the effectiveness of the methods in place. The most recent community consultation occurred in October in Kangiqsujuaq, through the Environmental Forum, where the entire community was invited to provide feedback and ask questions about Raglan Mine's environmental initiatives.