Copies of the Consultation Protocol and the Minago Project Environmental Impact Statement Review by the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources are available upon request to members only.

Minago Project & NHCN Traditional Territory

The Minago Project is located within the western boundary of the NHCN Consultation Area and is near to rivers that feed into Limestone Bay; a pickerel spawning ground that empties into the Lake Winnipeg Basin which is fished by NHCN fishers.

As included in the Consultation Protocol:

  • The Minago Project is a proposed Class 2 metal mining development of Victory Nickel Inc. The Minago Project involves the construction and operation of a new 10,000 tonnes per day nickel ore open pit mining and milling development, including the mining of frac sand, whereby all waste rock, mill tailings, minewater, and treated sewage will be managed within a proposed Tailings Waste Rock Management Facility, to be located and constructed on-site. The proposed mine site is located off Highway No. 6, about 225 km south of Thompson, in the Norway House Cree Nation Consultation Area. Excess mine water is proposed to be released to the Minago River and Oakley Creek, under federal and provincial regulatory control.
  • Victory Nickel has submitted an Environment Act Proposal on April 30, 2010 that is supported by a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Chapter 1 of the Minago Project EIS contains a detailed description of the Project, as outlined in the Site Map attached as Map 3.

From the Feasibility Study on the Minago Project conducted by Wardrop in 2009 and under the heading Plant Location and Geography:

  • The Project site is favorably located close to existing infrastructure, including Manitoba Provincial Highway 6, a 230 kV high voltage transmission line running directly beside Highway 6 on the east side of the road, the Omnitrax Canada Railway Line, and the town of Grand Rapids.
  • The mine site is situated within a topographically low area of water-saturated peat and forest terrain. The area is almost entirely swampy muskeg with vegetation consisting of sparse black spruce and tamarack set in a topographic relief of less than 3 m. Although this low area extends for significant distances to the north and east, limestone outcrops exist to the south and west at a distance of 7 to 20 km from the site.
  • The site is located with the Nelson River sub-basin, which drains northeast into the southern end of the Hudson Bay. The basin has two more catchments in the Minago River and the Hargrave River, which enclose the project site. There are two more tributaries, the William River and the Oakley Creek present at the periphery of the project area. The catchments of these two tributaries are within the Lake Winnipeg basin and drain northward into the Nelson River sub-basin.

Victory Nickel Inc.has proposed a site area of 4 km x 4 km. Also included in the Feasibility Study under the heading of Project Scope, within this area there will be:

  • An open pit mine
  • An Ore concentrating plant
  • A frac sand plant
  • Supporting infrastructure which will include the following:
    • A tailings and waste rock management facility for the concurrent disposal of tailings and utramafic rock
    • Rock dumps and overburden disposal repository
    • An explosives plant and explosives storage
    • Water treatment facilities
    • De-watering systems with associated pipelines and pumping stations
    • Roads and laydown areas
    • Staff accommodations and facilities
    • Open pit mining equipment, including trucks, shovels, loaders, and drills
    • Truck repair and maintenance facilities
    • Associated electrical and mechanical systems