A TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE STUDY SUPPORTING ENVIRONMENTAL BASELINE STUDIES AND DECISION-MAKING ON THE MARY RIVER PROJECT
CIM Vancouver 2016
Mr Richard Cook (Senior Scientist | Associate - Knight Piesold Ltd.)
A comprehensive traditional knowledge study was conducted in support of permitting and project planning of the landmark Mary River Project, an iron ore mine in the high arctic. A community-led approach was used to direct and design the study, and information was collected through a combination of individual interviews and theme-based workshops. The study was an important means of engaging the communities potentially affected by the Project, filled key gaps in the environmental baseline studies, and influences key decisions on project design. The study methodology used will be described, as well as how the information was used and lessons learned.