Home » Where It Works » Nunavut Mining Week

Nunavut Mining Week

Nunavut Mining Week – mineral resources a part of territory’s past, present… and future 

Nunavut has a rich history of exploration and mining. Modern mining commenced in the territory with the Rankin Inlet nickel mine which began production in 1957. Since then, several mines have been built, and today, Nunavut boasts four operating mines, three gold and one iron. To commemorate its minerals industry, Nunavut Mining Week occurs alongside national mining week – the second week of May.

NEW! 2021 Nunavut Mining Week activity booklet

We’ve updated and translated this year’s edition of our activity booklet!

The 2021 edition is available in English and Inuktitut.

Lots of fun and interesting activities for children and youth too!

During Mining Week 2021, download and print and complete as many activities and questions as you can. Then scan or take picture and email to generalmanagernu@miningnorth.com. For a chance to win a prize pack, e-mail your work by Friday May 14.



Last year’s 2020 activity booklet

See the 2020 on-line Nunavut mining booklet, with several fun and informational activities for Nunavut youth.

Produced through a partnership of the NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines Mining North Works! public awareness program, Yukon Mining Alliance, Yukon Women in Mining, and Mining Matters, the booklet provides a resource activity youth can complete at home. We encourage you to join the Nunavut Mining Week celebration and we look forward to your on-line submissions!

Click here for the 2020 activity booklet prize winners!

Click on these links for more details about Nunavut’s mineral resources industry.


Over the past decade, Nunavut’s mineral resources industry has experienced a resurgence. Nunavut currently has four operating mines making the mineral resources industry the largest private sector part of the territory’s economy. The value of the territory’s mineral production has grown to $1.3 billion in 2019 from zero production in 2009. With this growth, employment and business benefits have been created for Nunavummiut.

Nunavut’s operating mines

  • Meadowbank (Agnico Eagle Mines) – gold
  • Meliadine (Agnico Eagle Mines) – gold
  • Mary River (Baffinland Iron Mines) – iron
  • Hope Bay (TMAC Resources) – gold

Nunavut mines production 2019 (Source: NRCan)

  • Gold: 14,473 kilograms worth $850,710,000
  • Iron ore: 5,205,000 tonnes worth $463,242,000
  • Silver: 3 tonnes worth $2,027,000

Value of minerals produced 2019 (Source: NRCan)

  • $1,315,978,000
  • 7% of Canada’s mineral production

Employment 2018 (Source: NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines)

  • Nunavut jobs: 689 (16%)
  • Southern jobs: 3,648 (84%)

Business Spend 2007-2018 (Source: NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines)

  • Nunavut: $4.0 billion
  • Southern: $4.6 billion

Business Spend 2018 (Source: NWT & Nunavut Chamber of Mines)

  • Nunavut: $765.9 million
  • Southern: $795.7 million

Economy (Source: Nunavut Bureau of Statistics)

  • Mining is 23% of Nunavut’s GDP
  • Largest private sector contributor to economy

National facts and figures (Source: Mining Association of Canada)

  • In 2018, Canada’s mining industry contributed $97 billion, or 5%, to Canada’s total nominal GDP
  • The industry’s direct employment was 409,000 jobs and an additional 217,000 indirect jobs
  • Largest private sector employer of Indigenous peoples providing over 16,500 jobs
  • Canada ranks among the top five countries in the global production of 15 minerals and metals, many of which are integral to the low carbon technology needed for a greener future
  • Valued at $105 billion in 2018, mineral exports accounted for 19% of Canada’s total domestic exports
  • Average annual pay for a mining worker in 2018 was $123,000