The Kitikmeot Inuit Association ("KIA") and TMAC
Resources Inc. ("TMAC") signed a 20 year Inuit Impact
Benefits Agreement ("IIBA") and land tenure agreements on
March 30, 2015 for the Hope Bay Belt area in the Kitikmeot Region
of Nunavut (the "Hope Bay Belt Agreements").
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association is a Regional Inuit Authority
designated to hold Inuit Owned Lands in the Kitikmeot Region. KIA
was represented by its external counsel Willms & Shier
Environmental Lawyers LLP with a team comprising John Donihee,
Julie Abouchar and Carl McKay.
The Hope Bay Belt Agreements provide an innovative solution to
land tenure arrangements on Inuit Owned Lands and marks a departure
from benefit and land tenure arrangements for separate deposits
which have defined the relationship between Aboriginal landowners
and the mining industry.
The Kitikmeot Inuit Association has obtained comprehensive
environmental, reclamation and financial certainty for all
exploration and mining activities to be conducted by TMAC in the
Hope Bay Belt area while providing TMAC with long term land tenure,
and financial certainty, which have reduced risk, and increased the
likelihood of TMAC obtaining financing, for its proposed mining
Former longtime President of KIA Charlie Evalik stated,
"This Agreement has the potential to provide significant
employment, contracting, training and other benefits to Inuit of
the Kitikmeot Region". Mr. Evalik oversaw the negotiation and
completion of the Hope Bay Belt Agreements.
According to Dr. Catherine Farrow, Chief Executive Officer of
TMAC, the comprehensive, 20 year, land tenure agreements for access
to Inuit Owned Lands in Nunavut with the Kitikmeot Inuit
Association are unprecedented. TMAC is currently exploring three
separate known gold deposits in the Hope Bay Belt. The Agreements
cover belt-wide activities including potential development of the
three known deposits.
The Hope Bay Belt Agreements include:
A comprehensive land tenure agreement
(the "Framework Agreement") granting TMAC graduated
surface land tenure rights to KIA lands in the Hope Bay Belt which
will allow for TMAC activities including grassroots exploration,
advanced exploration, and mine development and operations.
An IIBA for the activities on the
Hope Bay Belt which addresses socio-economic interests of Inuit in
the region, including employment, contracting, and training.
A Net Smelter Royalty Agreement under
which TMAC will grant to KIA a royalty on the net smelter returns
arising from its mining activities in the Hope Bay Belt Area.
A Water and Wildlife Compensation
Agreement to provide a process to address potential future claims
under Article 20 or Article 6 of the Nunavut Land Claim
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