Mining and Minerals in Nunavut

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Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada is currently developing an online system allowing for the selection of mineral claims on map in Nunavut. Map selection changes the way mineral claims are acquired; from an on the ground staking process to a selection of a pre-defined grid units which are represented on a map. The decision to implement this system was made as a result of the department's consultations with the mining industry, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and Regional Inuit Associations along with the support of the Government of Nunavut.

Limited functionalities of the system are already accessible for external clients. It allows them to learn how to use the system and print basic reports related to mineral tenure. The complete Map Selection System functionality will coincide with the coming into force of the amendments to the Nunavut Mining Regulations, including transitory measures.

Canada's North is rich in mineral resources and the development of these resources provides socio economic benefits to Northerners. Crown lands in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories are managed pursuant to the Territorial Lands Act and its related Regulations. In the northern territories sub-surface lands include hard-rock minerals, precious gems and coal. The rights to these materials are administered through the Nunavut Mining Regulations and the Northwest Territories Mining Regulations and the Territorial Coal Regulations. There is a distinction between sub-surface minerals and surface mineral substances that have specific purposes such as carving stone and building materials. These special use surface minerals are administered through the Territorial Quarrying Regulations.

For more information on the Nunavut Mining Regulations, the Northwest Territories Mining Regulations, the Territorial Coal Regulations, mining royalty, major mining projects, Mineral and Energy Resource Assessments for the purpose of determination of park boundaries, or for more information on policy and legislative issues or initiatives affecting mineral exploration and development in the North, please contact:

Petroleum and Mineral Resources Management Directorate
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
25 Eddy Street, 10th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0H4
Tel: 819-953-2087
Fax: 819-953-5828

For more information on the administration of subsurface rights and mineral tenures, including issuance of prospectors' licences, prospecting permits, minerals claims, claim tags, claim maps, minerals leases, or for information on mineral rights records and mineral disposition reports, please contact the Mining Recorder's Office in Nunavut.

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