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Northern affairs minister meets with Mary River mine protesters – Nunatsiaq News

Dan Vandal calls it a positive meeting

The federal Department of Northern Affairs and its minister, Dan Vandal, met with representatives of a group opposed to a proposed mine expansion that is currently undergoing a hearing with the Nunavut Impact Review Board.

The group of hunters from north Baffin communities, who call themselves the Nuluujaat Land Guardians, blockaded the tote road and airstrip at Baffinland Iron Mines Corp.’s Mary River mine during a public hearing into the company’s expansion plans in February.

Baffinland wants to double the mine’s output, as well as construct a railway and port, but opponents believe that activity will have a negative effect on the surrounding environment, which includes a marine conservation area.

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