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GEM-2 Boothia-Somerset: Integrated Geoscience along the Northwest Passage (148750)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Mary Sanborn-Barrie
Company: Natural Resources Canada
Start Date: 2018-07-05
End Date: 2018-08-16
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
This application pertains to proposed low impact, foot traverse bedrock mapping across northern Boothia Peninsula and Somerset Island, a frontier region where knowledge stems from 1963 and 1986 mapping, done without benefit of aeromagnetic constraints or modern U-Pb geochronology. This activity will significantly upgrade the outdated geoscience framework of this area, provide relevant data and knowledge to an isolated region of Nunavut that, because of global warming and the resulting increased shipping, will increasingly be exposed to matters related to resource assessment and economic development. Throughout the project, concentrated efforts for community residents to understand, use, and appreciate this geoscience information will be made, so that the next generation of geology maps is made by Nunavummiut. Community involvement was initiated by a 5-day Taloyoak Geoscience Field School in 2016 (report attached), was continued through hiring 13 Taloyoak residents for the 2017 mapping activity, and will be extended to Resolute Bay residents in 2018.
Persons: 20
Days: 44
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
3429 point New project geometry
3430 polygon New project geometry
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
KitIA: Exemption Certificate
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
NRI: Scientific Research Licence
INAC: Class A Land Use Permit
QIA: Exemption Certificate
NWB: Approval to Use Water/Deposit Water Without a Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
2000W Honda generators 4 60cm x 45 cm x 40 cm power to operate laptop computers, lights in office tent
water pump, Homelite AP125 1 60 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm pump water from adjacent tributary into clean receptacle for drinking, washing up
Refrigerator 1 7.8 cubic feet food storage
4-burner stove with oven 2 20 in wide x 24 in deep cook meals
3-burner stove, table model 2 75 cm x 40 cm x10 cm heat water, make coffee and tea
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 10 205 Liters heaters, if required in August
Propane 3 20 Lbs Used to operate camp stoves
Propane 4 100 Lbs Used to operate camp refrigerator
Gasoline 5 205 Liters Generators
Aviation fuel 114 205 Liters for use on Skid Gear & Twin Otter on tundra tires
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
50 small gas-powered water pump tributary from Sanagak Lake
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
A temporary, tent base camp operated with a small (relatively quiet) gasoline-powered generator, with water drawn when needed by a small gasoline-powered water pump. Generator and water pump will be used only on demand, to minimize all impact on the site. All materials will be removed following mapping (~Aug. 17, 2018). Moss- and lichen-cover set aside from greywater pit and latrine will be stored and set back in place for remediation. All regulatory protocols and procedures will be followed.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes 1 garbage can per day all compostable material, glass and metal sorted and separated prior to burning burn to ash in metal container with ventilation
Greywater 2 cubic metres per day filtered of compostable materials filter through soil pit
Non-Combustible wastes five 10-gallon pails cans flattened, glass crushed cans & glass packed in metal pails, flown out to municipal disposal site
Sewage (human waste) 10 cubic meters fill in pit and replace reserved living moss and lichen layer decay naturally in pit (outhouse-type)
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2018-02-15
Originator: Mary Sanborn-Barrie
Public Registry ID: 13645
Document Size: 2433.67 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-02-19
Originator: Mary Sanborn-Barrie
Public Registry ID: 13666
Document Size: 2463.82 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-02-19
Originator: Mary Sanborn-Barrie
Public Registry ID: 13667
Document Size: 870.87 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-02-19
Originator: Mary Sanborn-Barrie
Public Registry ID: 13668
Document Size: 815.33 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-02-19
Originator: Mary Sanborn-Barrie
Public Registry ID: 13669
Document Size: 503.1 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-02-19
Originator: Mary Sanborn-Barrie
Public Registry ID: 13670
Document Size: 545.8 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-03-07
Originator: Allan Thompson
Public Registry ID: 13734
Document Size: 620.43 Kb
2018-02-28 15:12:56, from: Mary Sanborn-Barrie
 I did not receive a response, code of conduct or disclaimer upon submitting this application to NPC on February 20 2018 and am concerned it may not have been received and will not trigger the NIRB application. Could someone verify all is well and the permit process has initiated for this Geoscience mapping activity on Somerset Island, Nunavut. Thanks very much Mary


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
aircraft will only be low level on approach to the camp, Never when animals such as caribou, musk ox and polar bears are in the vicinity.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?

Scientific Research:
s3.9.3: Does the project proposal involve scientific research?
If yes, will the applicant integrate all available and relevant local and traditional knowledge when conducting its research?

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s3.9.5: Has the applicant consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about research topics that would benefit or interest local residents?
i. Describe the results of your consultation.
A report on the findings from 2017 mapping was forwarded to the NRI.
Local Services and Local Employment:
s3.9.4: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
i. Describe the services retained and the people to be employed.
Face-to-face meetings have been initiated in Resolute Bay to involve residents interested in participating on the project through paid training and jobs such as field assistant, camp assistant, cook's assistant, and wildlife monitors.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s3.2.8: The applicant will, at minimum, translate a summary of its work into Inuktitut and communicate with communities using language that is clear and non-technical. The results of all scientific re