Fostering geoscience research in Nunavut
CanNor investment supports research assisting in mineral exploration and climate change adaptation
CanNor is investing over $7.4 million from 2016-2018 in geoscience research across Canada’s three territories.
In Nunavut, CanNor will invest $2,672,335 towards geoscience projects focusing on mapping, permafrost infrastructure and seabed analysis, along with the development and promotion of geosciences in Nunavut.
Natural Resources Canada: $1,802,000
Government of Nunavut: $1,306,000
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada: $860,000
Total Funding (Nunavut): $6,870,335
Funding will support a series of projects in Nunavut, including:
- Geological Research for Responsible Natural Resource Development
- Mapping of the Tehery Lake-Wager Bay area.
- Extensive surveying of North Baffin Island, including airborne magnetic surveys.
- Examining the mineral potential around Kathleen Lake area of the Kitikmeot region.
- Carving stone assessment on South Baffin Island and Sanikiluaq.
- Mapping and study of the Hope Bay geological belt in the Kitikmeot Region.
- Mapping Climate Change and Permafrost
- Enhancing permafrost studies and surficial geological mapping examining ice-flow indicators, surficial materials, and remote sensing work.
- Research using geochemistry and heavy minerals on Boothia Peninsula and Somerset Island, assessing climate change impacts, and efforts along coastal areas.
- Analysing permafrost effects for infrastructure along Western Hudson Bay. This will assist the natural resources sector and foster economic development for the region.
- Funding for the Nunavut Permafrost Databank and the Climate Change Secretariat.
- Infrastructure Mapping
- Performing bathymetric and ecological seabed mapping of Frobisher Bay to support exploration, natural hazard assessment, and infrastructure development.
- Capacity building and public education
- Promoting and encouraging geosciences through community outreach activities, including internships.
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