Giant Mine Oversight Board wants to know how much residents know about remediation project

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The Giant Mine Oversight Board (GMOB) has created a survey to see how much residents understand the remediation project.

Questions range from understanding who is in charge of remediating Giant Mine, to what elements of the project residents are interested in, to explaining what “proper remediation” means to community members.

The survey is available in Wiilideh, English and French.

Ben Nind, GMOB’s executive director, says the first results of the survey will be shared after six weeks. The survey will remain open and new results will be reported regularly throughout the year.

“The idea is to get feedback from as many residents of Yellowknife, Ndilǫ and Dettah as possible,” he said.

GMOB explains the goal of the organization is to ensure remediation “proceeds in a manner that is environmentally sound, socially responsible, and culturally appropriate.”

It is also in charge of research to permanently address the 237,000 tonnes of arsenic trioxide on the Giant Mine site.

The board is made up of directors appointed by various organizations, including Indigenous governments like the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, and North Slave Métis Alliance.

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Francis Tessier-Burns
Francis has been a general news reporter with CKLB since January 2019. Originally from rural Ontario, he first came to the NWT in 2016 as an intern with Up Here magazine and fell in love with the North. In his time with CKLB, he's had the immense pleasure and honour of learning about northern Indigenous cultures. Otherwise, you can find him hanging around the Legislative Assembly. If you have a story or want to chat, reach out to francis@cklbradio.com