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Titan (149548)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Richard Walker
Company: Plimsoll Productions
Start Date: 2021-07-04
End Date: 2021-07-25
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Plimsoll Productions are hoping to film natural history footage of polar bears predating thick-billed murre nests on Coats Island. We are currently making a 10-part wildlife documentary series with the working title of ‘Titan’, which will be broadcast on a major global video on demand streaming service in early 2023. Each episode is an engaging, character-led story from a familiar habitat, but from an utterly unique viewpoint. The crew wish to film polar bears on the cliffs at Coats Island for three weeks from 4th to 25th July 2021. We believe this is one of the only places on Earth where this behaviour can reliably be filmed. The filming will create an essential sequence in our film as it demonstrates the lengths these animals will go to survive in such an environment. Time allowing, we also hope to film polar bears hunting walrus at a nearby haul-out site. In order to satisfy our contractual delivery dates with the broadcaster, it is important we travel to Nunavut this year. Our production schedule does not allow us to delay until 2022, when we will be editing the films before the specific polar bear and walrus behaviours are happening. For this reason, we wish you to consider our work as essential. The production is undertaking a variety of filming activities in Canada throughout the course of 2021. These will not only employ local people but also engage local companies and bring genuine economic benefit to the regions where we work. Overall, we’ll be contributing more than a million Canadian dollars directly to the economies of British Columbia and Nunavut from this production. Specifically, for this filming activity, we are engaging the services of a local guide, Aaron Emiktowt and his crew from Siku Tours, who are based in Coral Harbour. We will be using Aaron’s two boats to travel to Coats Island, and will use his personal cabin as overnight accommodation, along with two of his ATVs. Our total crew will number seven, four of those being residents of Coral Harbour. The spend locally for this shoot will be more than CAD200,000. Our film crew will consist of a director, cameraman and a camera assistant. The shoot will be predominantly boat based for the 3 weeks of filming, with Aaron and his team guiding and providing bear security. All of the crew from Siku tours are extremely familiar with the location and logistics of this setup. All members of the crew are aware of how to behave in a responsible and sensitive manner around all wildlife, including the bears, walruses and migratory birds. We are aware of the disturbance rules surrounding migratory seabirds and are currently in conversation with the Canadian Wildlife Service. We have discussed our filming methods with them and it is agreed that our plans will not harm or disturb the seabird colony. Filming will be done using a camera with a long lens, small remote cameras and a quiet, lightweight drone. We will focus exclusively on animal behavior and landscapes and do not intend to film any of the Inuit community. The exact location of the shoot will be confined to the North East of Coats Island and some of the Walrus haul-outs close by. The Crew are very aware of the Nunavut territories' position throughout the current global pandemic and are committed to limiting possible risks of Covid-19 exposure during the shoot. As such, we plan to minimize any potential interaction with the local community. On arrival, all film crew will isolate for 3 days in a Federal quarantine location before completing another 14 days quarantine at a Nunavut Isolation Hub. The crew will take Covid tests every day during the isolation period, as well as before and after any travel, to ensure no member of the crew is C19 positive. The 3-person ‘Titan’ film crew will arrive in Coral Harbor via plane on the 3rd of July where they will immediately travel to the harbor and load onto the boats. The crew be provided PPE to wear throughout the journey and during their very short time in Coral Harbor. This team will remain self-contained in the harbor whilst loading film equipment onto the boat. Once securely on board, the entire 7-person team will set sail to Coats Island the same day. The cabin on Coats Island will be their base camp and will be stocked to support the crew for the duration of the shoot. The UK crew will not need to have any interactions with the local community other than Siku Tours. They will return by boat to Coral Harbor on the 25th of July, to unload the filming vessel and fly by private charter back South. At this point they will have been isolated for 3 weeks and. As such, will pose no Covid-risk to the community.
Persons: 7
Days: 22
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
7779 polyline Area of operations
7780 point Basecamp
7788 point Seabird Cliff filming location
7790 point Walrus Haul-out filming location
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Southampton and Coats Island
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Scientific Research
Licensing Agencies
KivIA: Exemption Certificate
GN-DOE: Wildlife Observation Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Boat 1 28ft x 120inches A Silver Dolphin 28 stand up cabin boat called ‘Popeye the Sailor Man’ will be used as the primary filming vessel.Polar bears will be filmed on the cliff face from the water using a stabilized long lens camera system. This 28ft vessel is frequently used for commercial fishing, hunting, tour operating and as water taxi.
Boat 1 25ft x 102inches A smaller Silver Dolphin 25 runabout boat will be used to provide an additional backup vehicle for added security and safety. It may also be used as a scout vessel to monitor other wildlife that may be in the area. This 25ft vessel is frequently used as a backup vessel for the main boat.
ATV 2 85 x 45 inches Two ATV’s are stationed at the base camp on Coats Island and will be used for logistical support and transportation on land from the base camp to the seabird cliff if conditions are not suitable for the boats. These ATVs are maintained by Aaron and his team and are well suitable to travelling across the island
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 4 210 Liters Both vessels will depart Coral Harbor with full tanks of diesel fuel (270L per boat). Each boat will also bring two extra 210L drums of diesel to fuel the productions for 3 weeks. This will fuel the ATV’s, generators and boats throughout the project and will be stored outside the cabin at base camp.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
The crew and project will aim to keep waste to a minimum. Due to the small size of the crew, all litter and non-deteriorating garbage will be taken back to Coral Harbor from Coats Island when the crew make their return journey. A small amount of domestic waste and sewage will be produced by the crew and will be deposited in an already established outhouse at the cabin.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
No data found.
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2021-04-30
Originator: Stuart Hole
Public Registry ID: 18649
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Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2021-04-30
Originator: Stuart Hole
Public Registry ID: 18650
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Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2021-04-30
Originator: Stuart Hole
Public Registry ID: 18671
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Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2021-04-30
Originator: Stuart Hole
Public Registry ID: 18670
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Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
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Originator: Stuart Hole
Public Registry ID: 18673
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Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2021-05-04
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 18685
Document Size: 267.04 Kb


Environmental Protection:
s2.4.9: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurances of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s2.4.9: 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:
s2.4.15 and Appendix 2,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:
s5.4.4 and Apendix 2, s3: Will the applicant avoid low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s2.4.6 and Appendix 3: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix 3?

Caribou Water Crossings:
Will the applicant avoid, between May 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct s2.4.6 and map: any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s4.4.3 and Appendix 3, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Government of Nunavut?

Scientific Research:
s6.4.2: 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?
Local Services and Local Employment:
s6.4.3: Will the applicant rely on local services and employment where possible?
Describe the services retained and people to be employed.
Local guides David Paliak, Jordan Emiktowt, Eric Emiktowt will be led by field-supervisor Aaron Emiktowt of Siku tours. This local team will accompany the film crew as they travel to Coats Island by boat from Coral Harbor. They will provide expert local knowledge, logistical assistance and bear protection throughout the entire shoot. The crew will use a hunting cabin, owned by Aaron as their base and overnight accommodation for the duration of the trip. We estimate a total spend of 200,000CAD to the local economy.

Communication on Scientific Research:
s6.4.4: Will the applicant communicate with communities in language that is clear, non-technical, in Inuktitut and English and communicate to the affected communities the results of all scientific res

Consultation with Nunavut Research Institute:
s6.4.5: Has the applicant made all reasonable efforts to consult with the Nunavut Research Institute about research that would benefit or interest local residents?
If no, explain why.

Game Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Thelon Game sanctuary?

Bird Sanctuary:
s2.4.1: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, within the Mc Connell River Migratory Bird Sanctuary, the Harry Gibbons Migratory Bird Sanctuary or, the East Bay Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Southern Southampton Island and Coats Island:
s3.4.5: Is the project proposal located, in whole or in part, in southern Southampton Island and Coats Island?
If yes, does the project proposal involve hydrocarbon exploration?
Municipal Lands:
s1.4.3: Is the project located, in whole or in part, within municipal boundaries?


New Land Use:
Does the project proposal involve a new type of land use never engaged in before in the region?

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix 2: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the Code of Good Conduct at all times.