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The Igloolik-Tuniit Archaeological Project: Archaeological Survey and Documentation of Tuniit sites on Igloolik Island and Northeastern Melville Peninsula (149085)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Samantha
Company: McGill University
Start Date: 2019-06-07
End Date: 2019-08-05
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
This description explains our plans to perform archaeological survey on Igloolik Island, and archaeological survey and excavation at the Alarniq archaeological site on northeastern Melville Peninsula. The goal of the proposed fieldwork is to understand the distribution of ancient Tuniit camps (4000-1000 B.P.) While previous archaeological fieldwork on Tuniit sites has taken place on Igloolik Island, the work has been isolated and it has been decades since these sites have been re-examined. We will not be camping but will stay in a house in Igloolik (June 8th - June 30th), where I will lead of team of 4 experienced field assistants from McGill University, two Iglulingmiut (with support from Inuit Heritage Trust), and a bear monitor hired through Igloolik Hunters and Trappers (a total of 8 participants), to survey and map all Tuniit features on Igloolik island. In exceptional circumstances, minor excavations may take place to identify the age and preservation of newly discovered Tuniit houses. Sod cover will be removed from these potentially excavated features (we anticipate a maximum of ten 1 metre test pits on the island) and will be replaced once the test units have been re-filled. This fieldwork will overlap with our planned “Archaeology as Applied Learning” educational program, where local high school students will have the opportunity to meet with us three times a week and receive training in archaeology and lessons on local history. Many educational activities are planned for the program, including Tuniit stone tool making lessons and run-throughs of archaeological sites using virtual 3D goggles. Our team will next travel by boat to the northeastern Melville Peninsula, south of Igloolik, where we will camp here on the land, and survey and excavate ancient Tuniit campsites (July 1st-August 1st). The main site at Alarniq runs approximately 3km in length. Archaeological excavations will be small scale and will include the complete excavation of three early Tuniit tent rings, and up to five later Tuniit sod houses and associated middens, on various beach ridges around the main site (Alarniq) and a smaller site 10 km south of Alarniq. In addition, 1m test pits will be placed in up to six additional features to help understand the time sequence of these sites. Like at Igloolik, sod cover will be removed from excavated features (approximately 100 1m units) and replaced once units are refilled, leaving the surface area almost exactly as it was found upon our arrival.
Persons: 9
Days: 48
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
5056 polygon New project geometry
5099 polygon New project geometry
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
QIA: Land Use Licence I
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class II
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
ATV 2 107x105x75 cm ATV's will be used to transport team to survey area on Igloolik Island on days that we are working on the farther reaches/coasts of the island that are more than a 1.5 hour walk away
Camping Stove 1 50x20 cm Used to cook food
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 5 20 Liters Gasoline will be used to fuel ATVs.
Propane 1 18 Liters one propane tank will be used at Alarniq to fuel our small camping stove for cooking.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.04 with bucket/water canister from small stream near camp
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
For the first half of our fieldwork we will be staying in the hamlet and taking all of our waste back to the hamlet for disposal, we anticipate no waste or impacts related to waste management from our archaeological fieldwork. On July 1st we will travel by boat to Alarniq where we will camp near the Mikki family's cabins (our bear monitor's hunting cabins) to survey and excavate Tuniit sites until August 1st. Each day we will travel from the field camp to these sites for fieldwork by foot, and an ATV will be kept at the field camp for travel to farthest areas of the site when needed. No chemicals, fuels or waste will be disposed of on land or in local bodies of water, and wildlife will not be interfered with in any way. Solid waste will be periodically burned. No objects or permanent structures will be left behind at the close of the field season in June 2019. The flow of water will not be obstructed, nor will any ecosystem be disturbed.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) 500 litres our bathroom latrine will be kept away from water sources and buried when we leave our field camp. burial
Combustible wastes 50 lbs remains from burnt waste will be bagged and boxed and taken with us when we leave our field camp. solid waste from food products/camping products will be safely and carefully burned.
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-04-11
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 15813
Document Size: 223.08 Kb
2019-03-13 23:18:12, from: Samantha
 Thank you for receiving our project proposal. I await approval so that I can apply to the QIA for a permit. Many thanks!

2019-03-19 11:07:25, from: Goump Djalogue
 Hi Samantha, I am returning both projects #149085 and 149087 to group them. Please merge/group both projects into a single and resubmit. Should you need any assistance, do not hesitate to contact me. Goump

2019-03-20 01:18:13, from: Samantha
 Thank you, Goump! I made one error in the new application, as I forgot to recalculate the person days and phase dates. Otherwise, I think I have combined the forms correctly. Many thanks!

2019-04-09 20:09:32, from: Goump Djalogue
 HI Samantha, Could you please update the person days as per your message. Thanks