Monday, 16 July 2012

Presentation on Gold Mining and the Environment




We were fortunate to have Ms. Stephanie Autut, Manager, Environmental Affairs – NT for Seabridge Gold Inc.,   take time off from her busy schedule to share knowledge of mining and the environment with the children.
Children were engrossed and eagerly listened to Stephanie impart facts about the gold mining industry and the environment. Some of the facts are:
the mining companies have to respect laws of nature and Canada, including those
of aboriginal people;

             the government issues licenses for companies to dig up the ground to search for gold. It is
             a lengthy process (2-3 years)  to undergo an environmental assessment and acquire these
             licenses;
gold is used for making jewelry, electronics, filling teeth, and can be used in place of money;

soil is sampled to find out if it has potential gold deposits;

The First Nations own the land, so if the government issues a license for the company to dig this land, the First Nations are compensated so that they can develop their communities by providing hospitals, schools, social programs etc.
there are many animals that are indigenous to the areas up north – Arctic Wolf, Arctic Greyling, Spined Stickleback, Arctic Char, Wolverines, Gyrfalcon, Arctic Tern, Snowy Owls, Moose, Caribou and the Musk ox. Many of these species are protected and the industry has to ensure that there is no danger to them or their habitat.

We put the photographs that Stephanie shared with us in an album and this is a big hit with the children.



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