Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals: Phase 2

Tuesday, February 16, 2016. 1:30-1:40 Poster Presentations

The Geo-Mapping for Energy and Minerals (GEM) program is the Government of Canada’s $100 million initiative to significantly improve the geoscience of the Canada’s North. GEM activities provide the fundamental, regional geoscience knowledge that northerners can use for land use planning and responsible resource development decisions. With northern energy and minerals resources potentially being as abundant as those in the South, an opportunity exists to create prosperity for Northerners by supporting the development of a sustainable, vibrant northern economy. GEM activities target areas of the North to fill critical geoscience knowledge gaps on the likelihood of resource potential. The data and knowledge collected by GEM activities are all made available to the public at no cost. While GEM provides job opportunities and training in a field setting, the experience gained by actively participating in the GEM program planning phases also helps to develop the communities’ familiarity with and understanding of geoscience initiatives. These experiences can help them be engaged and active in decisions affecting land-use and resource development. For instance, Inuit and First Nations negotiators considered GEM data when deciding land ownership in the North. Elsewhere, GEM results were used in the designation of a protected area. GEM continues to explore new opportunities for collaboration with northern institutions in order to develop knowledge products that increase relevance and accessibility of GEM results to Northerners.

Pascale Groulx