Success: Arctic Wilderness is Saved from Uranium Mining

Wolfgang Bayer Collection, Copyright: DCI, Coyotes.  Lone adult coyote pacing around outer edge of herd of caribou standing in snow covered field.

Target: Elizabeth Copland, Chairperson of the Nunavut Impact Review Board

Goal: Applaud the decision to deny uranium mining on tribal land and precious arctic wildlife habitat.

Unique Arctic habitat on Inuit land has faced the threat of uranium mining for decades. A ForceChange petition had fought to stop this destructive mine. Thankfully, an impact review board has denied uranium mining at this spot due to the mining company’s lack of a start date and planning timeline. The area is home to a variety of wildlife and the mine would have destroyed land in this untouched wilderness. Thank the review board for denying uranium mining in the Arctic.

The proposed Kiggavik uranium mine would have destroyed caribou breeding grounds in Canadian’s territory of Nunavut. The Inuit people living in Nunavut were first approached by the Areva mining company in 1997 and the project to mine the area for uranium was finally introduced to regulators in 2007. Years have passed and Areva can’t determine a start date for this project because the low price of uranium does not make the operation economical for the company. Although Areva was denied by the board, this company can and will propose this mine at a more viable time, possibly even 20 years from now.

We can celebrate now that this mine is currently stumped but we must continue to fight for our health, our environment, and our wildlife and defend them from the devastating effects of uranium mining. Areva had proposed to mine a site dangerously close to the largest and most remote wildlife sanctuary on the continent. Exposure to uranium can cause increased birth defects in humans and animals. Cancer and leukemia are also more likely in residents that live near uranium mines.

We must stand our ground against the Kiggavik mine. By signing this petition, you are urging the Nunavut Review Board to continue to oppose the Kiggavik mine as well as thanking the board for denying the most recent proposal for this destructive, open pit mining operation.


Dear Chairperson Copland,

The proposed Kiggavik uranium mine would have destroyed Arctic caribou habitat, degraded Inuit land, and risked the health of nearby residents. Thank you for stating your stance against this mine. However, if uranium becomes economically viable for the company, Areva will create another proposal for this billion-dollar operation. Please continue to protect Nunavut’s untouched wilderness.

Uranium is a hazardous substance that can cause birth defects, cancer, leukemia, and a decrease in white blood cells. Areva wanted to place the mine near caribou breeding grounds and dangerously close to the continent’s largest and most remote wildlife sanctuary. Your decision has saved the lives of residents and wildlife. Areva will submit another proposal to mine uranium in Nunavut and I hope you recommend against the operation. Continue to fight for Canada’s wild and the health of the Inuit people and land.


[Your Name Here]

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