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The Nunavut Impact review Board (NIRB) has announced final public hearing dates for two Kitikmeot gold projects: TMAC Resources ltd.’s Doris North mine and Sabina Gold and Silver Corp.’s Back river project.

TMAC wants to amend the doris North project certificate to allow for an expanded six-year mining period over a larger area.

The NIRB’s public hearing on the project certificate amendment proposal is set to start April 12 at Luke Novoligak Community hall in Cambridge Bay. NIRB board members will hear technical presentations on April 12 and April 13 and a community round-table April 14.

Sabina proposes a gold mining complex that would straddle seven sites at its George and Goose properties, about 400 kilometres south of Cambridge Bay on the mainland, producing 300,000 to 400,000 ounces of gold per year. They would build a network of all-weather roads between the two properties and a winter road to a “marine lay-down area” at Bathurst Inlet.

Their plan would stretch over 22 years: a two-year construction period, mining operations for 10 to 15 years, and a five-year shutdown and reclamation. They would employ 1,333 people at peak production, including contract workers.

The Back river public hearing will start April 25 at the Luke Novoligak Community hall in Cambridge Bay and continue until April 30. The review board will hear technical presentations on the project proposal until 9 p.m. April 27.

April 28-30 are reserved for community round-table discussions.