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As Raglan Mine’s future unfolds, Inuit negotiators reflect on the past – Nunatsiaq News

Mar 4, 2024

Negotiator Charlie Arngak looks back on deal between Inuit and Falconbridge that would allow for creation of nickel mine

A knife sharpens with another knife, a person sharpens with another person.

These were the words Jessica Arngak spoke Feb. 27 during the opening ceremony of Anuri Mine in Nunavik.

“If we work together, Inuit, Qallunaat, and all others, we will be sharp like a knife,” she said.

Arngak’s brother, Charlie Arngak, was elected mayor of Kangiqsujuaq in the late 1980s. An old mine near the village, named Asbestos Hill, had just closed down after wreaking havoc on the community’s health due to asbestos poisoning.

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