Sivumut, an Inuktitut word meaning “moving forward”, is the name of our two-phase project for adding to Raglan Mine’s current activities. The new mines are expected to enable us to continue our mining operations – that began in 1997 – to 2040 and beyond.
The Sivumut Project is also an opportunity to strengthen our partnerships with Nunavimmiut (the people of Nunavik), in particular with the communities of Salluit and Kangiqsujuaq. The project has been developed through a process of public consultations leading up to the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) required by Québec’s Environment Quality Act (EQA) and Chapter 23 of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA).
The Sivumut Project represents Raglan Mine’s Phase II and Phase III. Phase II will see the expansion of the currently active Qakimajurk Mine and the opening of a new underground mine called Mining Project 14. The mines are expected to be in operation from 2020 to 2035.
Phase III of the Sivumut Project, with an expected annual production similar to that of Phase II, will include three new underground mines (Mining Project Donaldson, Boundary Area and West Boundary Area).
Key features of the Sivumut Project:
- It’s scope resides within Raglan Mine’s current property limits.
- It has a small above-ground footprint because its mines will be underground.
- It will leverage existing infrastructure (concentrator, housing, port facilities at Deception Bay, airport, roads, etc.).
- It will treat wastewater using Raglan Mine’s existing, proven system.
- It uses existing facilities for water effluent.
- It does not affect any other natural watercourses.
This project will enable us to continue to contribute to Nunavik’s economic development through job creation, contracts awarded to Inuit businesses, and profit-sharing.