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Spring 2017

Sabina Gold & Silver Corp optimistic on Black River
Sabina Gold & Silver Corp (TSX: SBB) announced that the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), with the agreement of other responsible ministers, has decided that the Back River Project should be returned to the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) for further consideration under Section 12.5.7 (e) of the Nunavut Agreement.

On June 15, 2016, the NIRB recommended to the Minister of INAC that the Black River Project not proceed to the next phase of permitting. Since then, the Minister of INAC and the other responsible ministers have been considering the NIRB Report.

In her letter of January 12, 2017 to the NIRB, the Minister of INAC stated, “After careful consideration… we are referring the Report back to the Board for further review or public hearings as the Report is deficient with respect to some ecosystemic issues. In our view, based on the process to date, it is premature to conclude that the Project would lead to unacceptable or unmanageable ecosystemic or socioeconomic impacts. There were a number of areas where there was insufficient information presented in the [NIRB] Report to support the conclusions of the Board, and where further information is required so that the ministers may understand the rationale behind the conclusions presented by the Board prior to making a decision on whether the project should proceed. This is particularly important in areas where the Board has expressed a lack of confidence or significant uncertainty while the Report and the broader record indicates that many of the participants (including Indigenous and non-Indigenous witnesses and
subject matter experts) expressed confidence that the measures presented could mitigate and manage potential adverse effects to an acceptable level. A deeper inquiry into the issues identified by the Board might point to sound management approaches.”

Sabina has received broad-based Inuit support for the Project both at the final hearings in April and since the NIRB Report in mid-June. Written letters to the Minister on behalf of Sabina and the Project have been received from the KIA (the land owner) Hamlet Councils, Hunters and Trappers Organizations, community representatives, as well as the Government of Nunavut.

Sabina will await direction from the NIRB on how the additional review of the Project is to proceed. Sabina believes there are no unresolvable issues that cannot be addressed during this period and looks forward to working with the NIRB and others to address any outstanding concerns.

 

Spring 2017 News:
• Kennady, NexGen co-win Exploration Co. of the Year award at Mines & Money 
• Mosaic says Colonsay potash mine to resume production 
• Fleming College Forestry program celebrates 50 years with alumni reunion
• Forestry companies partner to improve wetland management
• Sabina Gold & Silver Corp optimistic on Black River
• CEMI partners with Pattern Discovery and Wireless Sensor Networks 
• NexGen begins winter drill program at Rook I

• EACOM invests over $13M in Elk Lake Sawmill
• Wesdome drills at Wawa
• NWT welcomes new road announcement
• Mining revenues fall in NWT and rise in Nunavut
• International Lithium/Pioneer Resources announce completion of drilling at Mavis Lake
• First Nations sign Shared Territory Protocol Agreement

 

 
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