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November 7, 2022
I was born and raised in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, just down the coast from Pond Inlet, the small community that has been facing the biggest impacts from Baffinland’s open-pit Mary River Iron Mine.
But those current impacts could become much worse if the proposal to double ore production to 12 million metric tonnes is accepted by the federal government against the will of community members — Inuit with constitutional treaty rights to harvest marine mammals — and Nunavut’s environmental assessment agency.
Residents of Pond Inlet have noted that the narwhals they harvest for food and for income that used to spend their summers in the area have been pushed out by the increased shipping activity in those waters.
Even in my home community, which is 870 km away from Pond Inlet and not in proximity to the mine, we have still felt its overarching effects as our early spring harvest has become unpredictable because the narwhals are suffering.
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