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North Baffin Bedrock Mapping: Steensby-Barnes (148639)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Dr. Benoit Saumur
Company: Geological Survey of Canada
Start Date: 2018-07-06
End Date: 2018-08-21
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
This project by the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) represents the second summer of a two-year field program (2017-18) devoted to the bedrock geology of northern Baffin Island (Saumur et al., 2017). In 2017 fieldwork focussed on the Pond Inlet – Mary River area (Skipton et al., 2017). In the forthcoming summer of 2018, fieldwork will be focussed on the environs of Steensby Inlet and the Barnes Ice Cap. During the past two decades much of the bedrock geology of Baffin Island has been systematically mapped using modern methods, but important gaps in coverage still remain. This project aims to fill gaps in bedrock mapping coverage in central northern Baffin Island, notably in areas in the vicinity of the Mary River iron mine. In particular, we will target 2.7 billion year old granite-greenstone belts. These rock units host the world-class, high-grade, large tonnage, Mary River iron deposit, and yet they remain poorly understood and under-explored. Fundamental questions surround the extent, geometry, tectonostratigraphy, age and origin of north Baffin’s greenstone belts, and how they correlate with iron-, nickel-and gold-bearing greenstone belts elsewhere in Nunavut, including Melville Peninsula and the mainland Rae craton (i.e., Committee Bay belt). Prospectivity for diamonds is strongly influenced by the antiquity and thickness of granitic crust, as evidenced by Canada’s newest diamond discovery (Chidliak) in Archean basement rocks of south Baffin, and yet, across north Baffin the extent of ancient basement versus young plutons has not been established. Insight from GEM Cumberland and GEM2 Hall-Meta Incognita highlights that significant structural reworking during the ca. 1.8 Ga Trans-Hudson Orogen can remobilize multiple metals, however, the extent and degree of Hudsonian reworking has not been established across much of north Baffin. Collectively, these unknowns constitute a major knowledge gap that needs to be addressed for both economic and scientific considerations, and portions of north Baffin Island represent some of the last major missing tectonic pieces in our understanding of Nunavut geology. Through new bedrock mapping and targeted tectonostratigraphic, geochronological and structural studies, the proposed project will make significant contributions to understanding the geological history of Nunavut and constructing an exploration framework for iron and other types of mineral deposits in northern Baffin Island. This project proposal pertains to bedrock mapping within NTS map sheets 37F and 38E during the summer of 2018. This proposed fieldwork involves a team of 8 geoscientists conducting daily bedrock mapping traverses on foot in the map area, with helicopter transportation to and from traverse locations. All staff would be based out of a camp located along the Isortoq River, a central location near the border of both NTS sheets. The proposed project will include hired positions for community members, including two Nunavut Arctic College students as bedrock mappers, as well as an assistant cook. Scientific research will be conducted by two post-doctoral fellows, Benoit Saumur and Diane Skipton, and collaborating research scientists at the Geological Survey of Canada. Research will also be conducted by an MSc student from the University of Alberta, and a BSc student from an institution yet to be determined. As in 2017, results of this research will be communicated in publically available government reports, (GSC open files, Summary of Activities of the Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office) and colloquia (e.g., Nunavut Mining Symposium, various national and international conferences). References Saumur, B.M., Skipton, D.R. and St-Onge, M.R. (2017) GEM Summary of Activities, North Baffin Activity: Bedrock Mapping in the Pond Inlet/Mary River area, Nunavut, GSC Open File 8304, 14 pp., Skipton, D.R., Saumur, B.M., St-Onge, M.R., Wodicka, N., Bros, E.R., Morin, A., Brouillette, P., Weller, O.M. and Johnston, S.T. (2017). Precambrian bedrock geology of the Pond Inlet – Mary River area, northern Baffin Island, Nunavut, CNGO 2017 Summary of Activities, accepted, in press.
Persons: 11
Days: 47
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
3155 polygon SteephsbyBarnes2018
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Temporary Structures
Licensing Agencies
Other Licensing Requirements
Class A Land Use Permit
Class II Land Use Permit
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Helicopter Bell 407 1 11m Daily ferrying of personnel to field sites
Airplane - Twin Otter 1 20m Occasional Use - transport of equipment and personnel to camp
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Aviation fuel 146 45 Gallons Helicopter + Twin Otter refuel
Gasoline 5 45 Gallons generator, water pump
Other 10 1 Liters Naphta for lanterns
Propane 14 24 Gallons kitchen
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
1 buckets, tubs collected at camp site for proper disposal (burial) away from site
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
This being a small, short term camp, impacts will be absent to negligible. There are no predicted impacts associated with daily foot traverses on the land. See uploaded documente Re: Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 0.25 to 0.32 m3/day n/a Buried > 35 m away from water/river
Combustible wastes daily food waste cooled ashes buried at designated location incinerator
Non-Combustible wastes minor non-combustible waste, fuel drums Community to be consulted with regards to the fate of fuel drums return to Pond Inlet, dispose in designated municipal waste sites according to local protocols
Sewage (human waste) 0.06 m3/day n/a buried > 50 m away from water/river
Category: Application form attachment - Equipment
Recieved: 2017-11-03
Originator: Benoit Saumur
Public Registry ID: 13194
Document Size: 1072.28 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Fuel Use
Recieved: 2017-11-07
Originator: Benoit Saumur
Public Registry ID: 13202
Document Size: 37.83 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2017-11-07
Originator: Benoit Saumur
Public Registry ID: 13199
Document Size: 36.57 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2017-11-07
Originator: Benoit Saumur
Public Registry ID: 13200
Document Size: 26.38 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2017-11-07
Originator: Benoit Saumur
Public Registry ID: 13203
Document Size: 246.02 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2017-11-24
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 13287
Document Size: 209.59 Kb
2017-11-14 09:00:35, from: Allan Thompson
 It appears that the North Baffin Questionaire was not completed. I am returning the application so you may make that submission.


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?

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.
We applied to the NRI for a Research License in Spring 2017 through our NPC application that was made available to NRI (with all attached documents). We received the NRI Research License for the first phase of the GEM-2 North Baffin Bedrock Mapping Project that was completed in Summer 2017 in the Pond Inlet – Mary River area. We plan to renew our NRI Research License this year for the second phase of the project in the Steensby-Barnes area. We held community consultations in Pond Inlet in January 2017, and received the support of the Hamlet, Hunters and Trappers Organization and QIA for the 2017 phase of the project. Community engagement sessions are planned for January 2018 (Pond Inlet and Clyde River) and March 2018 (Igloolik), when we will meet with community members and organizations to propose the second phase of GEM-2 North Baffin in the Steenby-Barnes area and receive their feedback.
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.
(A) Two Nunavut Arctic College Students (Environmental Technology Program) will be hired to act as field assistants. Tasks and training will include geological field data collection, rock identification, and various tasks at a remote camp. (B) Possibly sous-chefs, if available, from local communities.

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