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Archaeological Survey of two Sites at the Ikkatuaq Migratory Bird Sanctuary (149800)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Lesley Howse
Company: Inuit Heritage Trust
Start Date: 2022-06-19
End Date: 2022-06-30
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The Ikkattuaq Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS), formally known as the Harry Gibbons MBS, is located on southwestern Salliq (Southampton Island) in the northern extent of Tasiujarjuaq (the Hudson Bay) and is an important nesting area for snow geese and a variety of shorebirds. It was established in 1959 by Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian (ECCC) Wildlife Service (CWS) to protect the main nesting areas of lesser snow geese from potential prospecting and tourist activities (ECCC 2020). The region is also rich in a variety marine and terrestrial animals which for millennia have been vital sources of food and raw materials for Inuit and pre-Inuit (e.g., Collins 1956). Ikkattuaq continues to hold cultural, social, and economic significance for Salliqmiut and it is jointly managed by the CWS and the Irniurvitt Area Co-Management Committee (Irniuvitt ACMC) of Coral Harbour. ECCC has active research programs in the Ikkattuaq MBS and an Inuit Field Training Program has been established to provide local youth hands on experience with environmental monitoring to prepare them for employment in the field. During the Irniuvitt ACMC’s visit to Ikkattuaq MBS in 2017, several unrecorded archaeological features were encountered in two different locations. As a result, IHT has been invited to work with ECCC and the Irniuvitt ACMC to register the sites and learn more about their origin. For this project, IHT is proposing to: 1)undertake a systematic pedestrian archaeology survey of two locations in the Ikkattuaq MBS (see Map). The first site is located northwest of Itijuarjuk, where a kayak rack and several unknown features were encountered. The second site is located approximately 1.5 km from the shoreline along a river approximately 2.6 km north of Nunautagiiq Creek (see Map). The extent of the survey at each location will be determined in the field; 2)document the location of any additional archaeological sites that are visible from the helicopter while travelling from Coral Harbour to the sites; and, 3)provide archaeological learning opportunities for Salliqmiut participating in ECCC environmental monitoring at Ikkattuaq. Before the survey takes place IHT will meet with the Irniuvitt ACMC to identify local interests, priorities, and concerns about the two sites. IHT will further engage with the community and will make efforts to identify Salliqmiut who may hold personal connections to the sites, or near by areas, to ensure all considerations are made prior to the field work taking place. Providing archaeology learning opportunities to Salliqmiut is a central goal of this project. Archaeological workshops will be held in Coral Harbour in June before the field school that will take place during the proposed archaeological survey of the two sites at Ikkattuaq MBS. The objectives include introducing basic archaeological method and theory, the importance of preserving archaeological features and sites, and how archaeological data can be used along alongside Inuit Traditional Knowledge and Historical perspectives to generate rich and holistic narratives about the past. The outcomes of these learning opportunities include participants being able to apply basic skills in archaeology survey techniques, including mapping and documenting features with a Global Positioning System (GPS), identify archaeological features and approximate date of origin, bring together Inuit Traditional Knowledge and Historical Perspectives to interpret archaeological features, as well as demonstrate appropriate actions in the case of accidental archaeological encounters. Over the course of 7 day trips by helicopter from Salliq to Ikkattuaq MBS (between June 19th and June 30th), the proposed archaeological survey will be led by Dr. Lesley Howse at the two archaeological sites (see Map). Two ECCC staff and four Salliqmiut with prior field monitoring experience will participate in the archaeological survey. At the beginning of each day of survey, a DGPS base station will be placed, and a starting point will be chosen. Team members will conduct a pedestrian survey, at equally spaced intervals (approximately 5 metres apart). Using stake flags, team members will mark all possible features. Periodically, progress will be halted, and marked stakes will be reviewed. The location of confirmed features will be recorded using the DGPS. Features will be measured, sketched, and photographed and scaled maps will be made where appropriate. The pedestrian survey will continue in either direction until an area is systematically surveyed on a grid. Shape files of the areas surveyed will be compiled indicating the area covered and detailed site maps will indicate feature location. The density and number of features encountered at each site, as well as community engagement, logistics, and time restrictions will determine the extent of each site surveyed. All proposed activities as part of this project will adhere to the most current covid-19 safety measures. This may involve masking at public events, adhering to gathering restrictions, and isolating when sick, following Public Health Guidance. If a crew member shows symptoms, they will isolate, and a rapid test will be administered. A positive result of fully vaccinated crew members will result in seven days isolation and the result will be reported to the appropriate authority. References: Collins, H. 1956. Archaeological investigations on Southampton and Coats islands, N.W.T. National Museum of Canada Bulletin No. 42. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). 2020 Ikkattuaq Migratory Bird Sanctuary Management Plan. Environment and Climate Change Canada, Canadian Wildlife Service Northern Region, Ottawa.
Persons: 5
Days: 6
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
9001 point f20225179973839-NPC cultural sites
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
Keewatin Planning Region
Southampton and Coats Island
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Licensing Agencies
KivIA: 0
CWS: 0
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class I
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
No records found.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 water will be brought with us from Coral Harbor during our daily visits to site
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
No camps will be set up as part of this project. Human waste will be buried and toilet paper and other sanitary material will be brought out of site daily, along with any additional trash.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) less then 1 m3 n/a human waste will be buried, toilet paper and sanitary materials removed from site daily
Category: Imported geometry - proect geometry
Recieved: 2022-05-17
Originator: Lesley Howse
Public Registry ID: 20143
Document Size: 0.57 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-06-13
Originator: Solomon Amuno
Public Registry ID: 20418
Document Size: 237.95 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?

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.