Enriching the lives of its neighbours
This past summer, Agnico Eagle opened its newest and largest gold deposit – the Meliadine Mine, located 25 kilometres north of Rankin Inlet.
While it took years to find and develop Meliadine, extensive community and government support made all the difference in successfully bringing the mine into production ahead of schedule in 2019.
In tribute to the strong relationship Agnico Eagle has built with its host community and mine employees, Agnico Eagle held two official mine opening ceremonies – one in the community and one at the mine site.
On June 19th, nearly 1,000 people attended the Meliadine Community Celebration in Rankin Inlet. During the ceremony, Agnico Eagle announced a $1 million donation toward three legacy projects that seek to improve the quality of life in the community:
- $250,000 to the Rankin Inlet Fire Department’s New Regional Fire Training Centre, allowing firefighters to train for real-life fire and rescue situations and making every community safer and better prepared to deal with emergency incidents;
- $250,000 toward the Ilitaqsiniq – Nunavut Literacy Council’s purchase of a building in Rankin Inlet to serve as its permanent headquarters for Kivalliq, allowing it to regularly offer literacy training programs to adults, youth, and community members; and,
- $500,000 over the next five years to help the Ilitaqsiniq – Nunavut Literacy Council promote and advance adult and youth literacy skills across the territory.
The next day, June 20th, marked the official on-site Meliadine Mine opening ceremony.
In the opening ceremony, Martin Plante, general manager at the time, highlighted the great success of opening a mine of this size in the north. He also insisted on the fact that Meliadine is the result of a collective vision, work, and determination. He thanked the local dedicated contractors and suppliers and also the people from the community.
Through the Nunavut Social Investment Program, Agnico Eagle focuses on being an active member of its communities and contributing to programs and organizations that enrich the lives of its neighbours. The long-term goal is to advance the social and economic development of sustainable communities in the Kivalliq.
Agnico Eagle believes Nunavut has enormous geological potential and expects to be operating in the region for decades to come.