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Saving Morin Point Thule Site Phase I: Climate Change Risk Assessment and Archaeological Testing (149340)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Renewal
Proponent name: Lynda Gullason
Company: Carleton University
Start Date: 2020-08-04
End Date: 2020-08-29
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
This is a project to survey and map the Morin Point site on Devon Island to assess its risk of destruction from coastal erosion; to test excavate structures to obtain samples for radiocarbon dating to establish their age and identify the potential significance of the site in terms of occupation date, evidence of European contact, and nature of the metal deposits contained within it to determine if its inhabitants were part of the early Thule migration to the Eastern Arctic. Emergency salvage excavation of the features which are at immediate risk of loss will be undertaken. To assess the impact of coastal erosion on the site's survival, rows of metal stakes will be established along the actively eroding bluff face as a baseline to monitor the rate of erosion. Fieldwork will be undertaken for three weeks this summer. Community consultations were conducted in Pond Inlet in April, 2019. The community has endorsed the project with the provision of the hamlet council's Letter of Support. Northern communities are often concerned about the disappearance of their archaeological heritage to museums in the south. Pond Inlet community members were reassured upon learning that the designated repository for artifacts recovered from Nunavut archaeological sites is the Canadian Museum of Nature until the Nunavut government builds a territorial museum to hold these collections. At that time, all Nunavut archaeological material will be returned to the territory.
Persons: 6
Days: 26
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List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6214 point New project geometry
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class II
INAC: Class B Land Use Permit
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
No records found.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Other 0 0 Liters Not applicable
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
30 Water buckets Nearby stream
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes N/A N/A N/A
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2019-05-28
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 17600
Document Size: 239.44 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2020-03-27
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 17618
Document Size: 249.78 Kb


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.
I consulted with the Nunavut Research Institute about the cultural significance of the site; the danger of losing it to erosion; the community consultation process and possible funding sources.
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.
I am working with youth researchers from the lkaarvik: Barriers to Bridges program. The program empowers northern youth to be a bridge between research and their communities, and to identify and act on local research priorities. Ikaarvik youth researchers co-facilitated the community consultations in Pond Inlet with me in April 2019 to ensure the community was informed and understood the nature and purpose of the research and its relevance to the community. Translators interpreted my presentations to the community. I will be hiring students from the Environmental Technology program at Nunavut Arctic College as field assistants and students from Nunavut Sivuniksavut College students in Ottawa as research assistants to identify and catalog the artifacts recovered. I will also be hiring a polar bear monitor for the field.

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