Northern Mineral Development: We All Need to Have Skin in the Game

Publication: Global Business Reports
Issue: February 2015
Issue Title: Circumpolar Mining 2015

All stakeholders involved in northern mineral development have a role to play in positively advancing an industry that represents an opportunity for socio-economic development. Mining has the potential to bring self-sufficiency to the North; empower people with education, training, and employment; increase territorial revenues; and support infrastructure development. In the author’s experience as an environmental assessment (EA) practitioner working on resource projects across Canada`s north, elders have consistently stressed that their youth need the opportunities of a modern economy to be productive and raise healthy families. It is imperative that we explore how stakeholders can work together to support responsible northern development that values traditions and the environment.