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Mine shines bright

Gahcho Kue Mine released 3rd-quarter results this week.

During the first 10 months of 2017, the mine – owned and operated by De Beers Canada and Mountain Province Diamonds – produced over five million diamond carats.

De Beers Canada CEO Kim Truter stated much of the early success can be attributed to the "tremendous project phase" which set the mine up with the right technical, safety and economic cultures.

At this time last year the Gahcho Kue Mine won gold at the Project Managers Elixir Gala, in Montreal.
– Michael Hugall

Nunavut Pride doc screening

The documentary Two Soft Things, Two Hard Things follows a small group of Inuit in Nunavut as they prepare for an LGBTQ Pride celebration in the Arctic.

“Colonization and religion have shamed and erased traditional Inuit beliefs about sexuality and family structure,” state information from the filmmakers on the movie's.

“60 years later, a new generation of Inuit are actively 'unshaming' their past.”

The film directed by Mark Kenneth Woods and Michael Yerxa screens in the Library Meeting Room Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

James Demers and Erin Jenkins of The Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival's OUTReels program will take questions and a Nunavut Pride community member will be available via Skype for discussion afterwards.
– Sidney Cohen

Mines' chamber appoints honourary member

Lawyer Michael J. Hardin has been made an honourary member of the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines.

Hardin was awarded the honour for his work ensuring that laws and regulations governing the minerals industry in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut “promote responsible resource development, and achieve the corresponding environmental, economic and social goals,” stated a recent news release.
For more than 35 years, Hardin has provided legal advice to explorers, mining companies and associations in the mineral industry.

Hardin's education in biology, time doing environmental regulatory work with the federal government, and career as counsel to the minerals industry have made him an “astute judge of environmental legislation,” stated the chamber.
– Sidney Cohen

Free e-book on arctic

The Yellowknife-based Canadian Arctic Resources Committee is offering a free download of the e-book One Arctic, a collection of essays tracing the evolution of the Arctic Council on Circumpolar Governance and international Arctic cooperation.

The e-book offers a window into how Arctic states, Indigenous nations and the council itself affect ideas about, and policies for, the north.

“Climate change is opening shipping routes and threatening food security, and it is altering the fragile ecosystem that people in the north rely on,” stated the committee in a release.

The committee is a self-described non-partisan research and advocacy organization that promotes environmentally-sound development, Indigenous rights and respect for the authorities of territorial governments.
– Sidney Cohen