Lost in Translation? Exploring Outcomes of Nunavut’s Resource Development Training and Employment Policies for Inuit of Northern Baffin Island
The Northern Review 47 (2018): 31–57
On 6 September 2013 the Mary River Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement (MRIIBA) was signed between the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA), representing the Inuit of Baffin Island, and Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation (BIMC). Among other things, the MRIIBA is intended to promote Inuit employment and training as a way of maximizing local benefits from the mine. Drawing from qualitative research that followed twenty-two formerly-employed and employed mine workers, this article critically evaluates the agreement’s outcomes, which have yet to fulfill the stated employment goals and training provisions. Contributing to these dismal outcomes is a communications gap between local Inuit and the land claims organizations responsible for brokering the agreement with the project proponent. The article explores the resulting gaps in communication between community members and various stakeholders involved with the project, and concludes by offering considerations for future agreements.
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