What's happening at Giant Mine? July and August 2022

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Project schedule update

As reported in the May and June 2022 newsletter, the finalized Project Implementation Plan included an updated schedule for the roll-out of the remediation work and new estimated timeline for the Project's completion. The Project extended its remediation phase to continue until 2038.

Site update

Water treatment plant design update

Preparations are underway to remove existing structures and utilities at the future site of the new water treatment plant. The water treatment plant design is at 99% completion and is expected to go out for tender by mid-October 2022. The award of contract to the successful bidder is scheduled for mid-March 2023 and the Project anticipates construction activities will start in late spring 2023.

South Pond dewatering study

The Project is beginning the South Pond dewatering study. This study aims to provide the Project with valuable information on the ability to dewater the South Pond tailings before we move the tailings to other containment areas during the final remediation. The study is anticipated to take place through September 2022.

Engagement update

Rights holder and stakeholder engagement sessions and site tours

During the summer months, the Giant Mine Remediation Project conducted various in-person engagement sessions, as well as tours of the mine site with various Project rights holder and stakeholder groups. While engagement sessions are a consistent and frequent element of the Project, site tour opportunities are limited to the summer months. These tours allow rights holders and stakeholders to see the status of the site first-hand, and receive updates about the remediation work ongoing at the site. These engagement sessions and tours included:

  • members of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation
  • members of the North Slave Métis Alliance
  • local Members of the Legislative Assembly
  • the Project's Aquatics Advisory Committee, which includes representatives from:
    • the Yellowknives Dene First Nation
    • the North Slave Métis Alliance
    • the City of Yellowknife
  • the Project Working Group, which includes:
    • members of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation
    • members of the North Slave Métis Alliance
    • representatives from the City of Yellowknife

Highlights

Revegetation engagement sessions with Yellowknives Dene First Nation and North Slave Métis Alliance:

In early July, the Giant Mine Remediation Project's engagement team met separately with Yellowknives Dene First Nation Elders and youth, then with North Slave Métis Alliance Elders to engage on the subject of revegetation as part of the remediation process. During these engagement sessions the Project listened to each group's thoughts for what sort of plants they would like, or would prefer not, to see in future revegetation planning.

A Yellowknives Dene First Nation Elder and youth member seated together outdoors at the Yellowknives Dene First Nation revegetation engagement session are pictured having a discussion. The Elder is holding a piece of cattail.
A Yellowknives Dene First Nation youth member compares grass and cattail samples during the Yellowknives Dene First Nation engagement session.

Yellowknives Dene First Nation student tour of Effluent Treatment Plant:

In early July, Yellowknives Dene First Nation students were given a guided tour of the Project's current Effluent Treatment Plant. The students toured the plant to see real-life examples of environmental monitoring in action. This summer, the students completed the Eco Canada BEAHR course, "Environmental Core." This introductory course for adult training is designed for those looking to gain employment in the green economy or learn about the environment and environmental industry practices. More information on Eco Canada's BEAHR Indigenous training programs can be found on their website.

Procurement update

New contracts awarded

This section shares information about recent contracts the Main Construction Manager, Parsons Inc. (Parsons) awarded. Please note the values reflected below were rounded to the nearest dollar.

Northern Indigenous businesses:

Townsite deconstruction

Parsons awarded a contract to Metcor/QM LP Joint Venture via the Procurement Strategy for Indigenous Business competitive tender process for Townsite deconstruction services.

Contract duration: June 6, 2022 to September 6, 2023

Contract value: $6,108,629

South Pond Dewatering Trial

Parsons awarded a contract to Nahanni Construction Ltd. for South Pond Dewatering Trial services.

Contract duration: August 22, 2022 to September 30, 2022

Contract value: $1,774,350

Landfill Operation

Parsons awarded a contract to True North Environmental Ltd. for Landfill Operation services.

Contract duration: June 6, 2022 to October 31, 2022

Contract value: $1,686,590

Northern Non-Indigenous businesses:

Bird Deterrents

Parsons awarded a contract to Kavanaugh Bros for Bird Deterrent services.

Contract duration: March 4, 2022 to October 31, 2022.

Contract value: $79,684

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Are you interested in keeping up to date on the latest information and updates for what's happening at Giant Mine? The Giant Mine Remediation Project email distribution list is an easy way to never miss an update. The Project team encourages members of the public to learn more about the remediation through a number of channels. Subscribe to our distribution list by sending us an email to the address in our contact section below, and you'll receive an email notification when the newest edition of the Project newsletter is available, and receive important information about Project work and engagement. For other ways to engage with the Project team, see the contact us section below.

Contact us

Phone: 867-669-2426
Email: giantmine@rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca
Twitter: @GiantMine

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