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Government of Nunavut and Baffinland Iron Mines sign Memorandum of Understanding

IQALUIT, NU, April 2, 2019 – Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, David Akeeagok and Brian Penney, President and CEO of Baffinland Iron Mines (Baffinland) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to maximize Inuit employment at the Mary River Mine. Photo caption  – Brian Penney, President and CEO of Baffinland Iron Mines (Left) and David Akeeagok, Nunavut’s Minister of Economic Development sign an agreement on Tuesday April 2, to work together to maximize Inuit employment at the Mary River mine. The Memorandum of Understanding focuses on four priority areas for collaboration- reducing barriers to employment; the development of employment and training opportunities; community wellness programs; and infrastructure and transportation. “The Government of Nunavut strives to develop our infrastructure and economy in ways that support a positive future for our people, our communities and our land,” said Minister Akeeagok. “This Memorandum of Understanding ensures the Mary River Mine will continue to provide long-term benefits to Nunavut Inuit.” “The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding is a direct result of the strong partnership between Baffinland and the Government of Nunavut,” said Brian Penney, president and CEO of Baffinland. “The Memorandum of Understanding provides a framework for continued collaboration, as we look to further develop the Mary River Mine, unlocking its wealth-generating potential to the benefit of all Nunavummiut.” The agreement re-affirms the Government of Nunavut and Baffinland’s strategic partnership and commitment to promote responsible economic development. Photo caption – Centre Left: Brian Penney, President and CEO of Baffinland. Centre Right: David Akeeagok, Nunavut’s Minister of Economic Development Media Contact:   Matthew Illaszewicz Manager, Communications Economic Development and Transportation Government of Nunavut 867 975-7818 867 222-0122    Annu Sira Baffinland Iron Mines 416 364-8820 x5083 416 433-6261
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