May 10, 2012 - 8:49 am
Igloolik call-in show kicks off human rights assessment of Mary River Mine
Lawyer Lloyd Lipsett takes calls from listeners
"...No matter where you are, you can now listen to call-in radio shows,
featuring a human rights lawyer from southern Canada who is visiting
Igloolik to work on a "human rights assessment" of the proposed Mary River
To start his assessment, Canadian human rights lawyer Lloyd Lipsett fielded
comments and questions from listeners during a May 9 call-in show on the
Igloolik-based Nipivut Nunatinnii Our Voice at Home radio network.
Lipsett introduced himself on the show, which aired in Igloolik and online,
from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., asking for feedback on the huge iron mine that
Baffinland Iron Mines Corp. wants to build in north Baffin.
"I'm here to listen to people on the radio, and in the community," said
Lipsett, an independent consultant, who has previously undertaken human
rights assessments of mining operations in North America and Guatemala.
A couple of callers said they support the project that is heading to final
hearings in July, but others worried about whether Baffinland would respect
its Inuit workers and what the impact of increased shipping from the
project would be.
One caller spoke about the importance of training and education, while
another expressed worries about the trade-off between jobs and the
environment: "I want my voice to be heard, from my own point of view,
[that] the jobs won't stay here forever. Our land will be gone… what is
going to happen with our land?"
To that, Lipsett responded that it's right to ask questions at the
beginning of a development, both about the life of the mine and what
happens at the end.
And if jobs are what people want to see flow from this development, it's
important to follow with links with training, he said.
On May 10, another call-in show with Lipsett is scheduled to start at 8
as part of the project descried as "acquiring knowledge, speaking your
mind, talking it over and deciding together" (Tusaumatitauniq,
Uqalaqatauniq, Uqqamajaqatiginiq, Angiqatigingniq).
On the website for the digital project,
you can also listen to a taped interview with Zach Kunuk, the acclaimed
filmmaker and recently-elected QIA board member...."
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