News and Press Releases


For Immediate Release

KITIKMEOT INUIT ASSOCIATION AND GOVERNMENT OF NUNAVUT SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR COOPERATION ON GRAYS BAY ROAD AND PORT PROJECT

Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, July 9th, 2016

Today, Premier Peter Taptuna, on behalf of the Government of Nunavut, and Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA) President Stanley Anablak signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing their cooperation as co-proponents of the Grays Bay Road and Port Project (GBRP).

The Grays Bay Road and Port Project, if completed, would create a 227 km all-season road linking the northern terminus of the Tibbitt-Contwoyto Winter Road to a deep-water port at Grays Bay on the Northwest Passage.

The MoU signed today focuses on the preparation of the GBRP Project Proposal, which will need to be completed and submitted to the Nunavut Impact Review Board and other authorities in order to secure the proper approval for the project to proceed. In addition, the MoU covers a number of related issues including project governance (via a KIA-Government of Nunavut lead working group and management committee), communications, contracting processes, and funding matters.

“The potential benefits of the Grays Bay Road and Port Project are far-reaching. A deep water port in western Nunavut will both reduce the high cost of living and stimulate economic activity in the region of Kitikmeot. This project will also create jobs and business opportunities for Nunavummiut. I am very pleased to sign this MOU today.”

Hon. Peter Taptuna, Premier of Nunavut

 “I believe that the collaboration between the Government of Nunavut and KIA on this Memorandum of Understanding sets the standard for how responsible development in Canada’s north should proceed.  As co-proponent of the Grays Bay Road and Port Project, KIA’s participation will help guarantee that the project is developed in a manner that is consistent with Inuit values, including ensuring respect for the environment and the wildlife that we cherish.”

Stanley Anablak, President - Kitikmeot Inuit Association

The full press release is available for download here.

For further information, please contact:

Paul Emingak

Executive Director

Kitikmeot Inuit Association

(867) 983-2458 

execdir@kitia.ca

 

Matthew Illaszewicz

Manager, Communications

Department of Economic Development and Transportation

Government of Nunavut

(867) 975-7818

millaszewicz@gov.nu.ca