Should Nanisivik jet strip be kept?
I am a resident of Arctic Bay, which is about 36 km from Nanisivik.
The zinc and lead mine which was operated by Breakwater Resources closed down a year ago, putting a number of Arctic Bay residents out of work.
The Inuit working there were mainly already trained heavy equipment operators and labourers, so I can’t say that the mine left a legacy of trained workers.
The federal government, in partnership with the territorial governments, did build a road and a jet airstrip, mostly to accommodate the mine operation.
I would call this a legacy, a legacy which may not be of use as they may be closed down over the next couple of years.
One might say, why does Arctic Bay need a jet airstrip? Jets fly from Ottawa to Resolute Bay. There is a jet airstrip in Hall Beach and Pond Inlet wants a jet strip, too.
I am not in the airline business and I do not know if such a route is feasible.
But I do know that the North needs tourism development and the marketing of country food.