April 2017: What's Happening at Giant?

Health Effects Monitoring Program

The purpose of the Health Effects Monitoring Program is to establish baseline levels of contaminant exposure and examine possible health effects among residents in Ndilo, Dettah and Yellowknife before remediation work begins at the Giant Mine site. During remediation, new monitoring results will be compared to the baseline to ensure participants’ levels of arsenic and other contaminants are not increasing because of the remediation work.

The University of Ottawa’s Dr. Laurie Chan, who is leading the design and implementation of the Health Effects Monitoring Program, will host community information sessions to present the program and talk about how residents can be involved. This will include sessions specific to Yellowknives Dene First Nations (YKDFN) and North Slave Métis Alliance (NSMA) members.

Health Effects Monitoring Program Public Information Session

Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 7-9pm
Location: Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Museum Café

YKDFN (only) session

Date: April 27th, 2017
Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: Chief DryGeese Community Center, Dettah

NSMA (only) session

Date: April 26th, 2017
Time: 6-8pm
Location: NSMA Offices

At these sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Chan about what the study entails and how participants will be selected.

Preparing for Spring

With the arrival of spring, the Giant Mine Project Team is preparing for upcoming work that resumes each year with the warmer weather. This includes monitoring ice and water conditions at Baker Creek as well as preparing for spring freshet, such as checking and maintaining pumps. As temperatures rise and more snow starts to melt, you may notice increased activity on the site as the team monitors the conditions and continues to take steps to ensure the overall safety and security of the site.

The Team is also getting ready to begin dust suppression activities. In 2017, the Project Team will begin using a more effective dust control product than the Soil Sement previously used. Switching to a new product was endorsed by the Project Team after consultation with YKDFN’s Giant Mine Advisory Committee and the Giant Mine Working Group. Dust suppressant is stored on site at all times to ensure it is available immediately if required. Calcium chloride is also applied to roads to suppress dust.

Please keep in mind that Giant Mine is a contaminated site and trespassing is not permitted regardless of the season. When near the mine, please respect property boundaries and the posted warning signs. The site is monitored 24 hours a day to ensure the security and protection of the public.

Forums in Dettah, Yellowknife

Forums in Dettah, Yellowknife

Thank you to everyone who attended the annual community forums that took place in early March this year in Dettah and Yellowknife. The Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) and the Giant Mine Remediation Project Team co-hosted the session for YKDFN members on March 1 at the Chief Drygeese Centre.

Then, on March 2, a similar session was held at the Museum Café in the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre for members of the public in and around Yellowknife. We appreciate you taking the time to come and hear about the work that was accomplished last year and what is coming up this work season.

If you were not able to attend but have questions or would like copies of the hand outs, please contact: Sharon Low, Engagement Manager at Giantmine@aandc.gc.ca.

We look forward to seeing you at future Giant Mine information events.

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