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									               Stokes Point
                                                                    SPRING 2007

An Update                                            on contaminants investigation and clean-up planning for the former
                                                     Stokes Point (BAR-B) DEW Line Site, Ivvavik National Park of Canada, Yukon.

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Stokes Point – A Brief History                                                                                                                                                                      o
Stokes Point is located along the Yukon North Slope
coast in Ivvavik National Park of Canada. Over the
past fifty years, this area has seen a wide variety of non-
                                                                  through an aboriginal land claim agreement. By the
                                                                  early 90’s, the buildings of the BAR-B DEW Line were
                                                                  removed and the Department of National Defence
traditional uses. In the late 1950’s, the United States           built a short-range radar facility that is currently still
Air Force built a short-lived Distant Early Warning               in operation. Over the years, clean-up of Stokes Point
(D.E.W) Line Station there known as BAR-B. Gulf-                  has been piece-meal and no detailed investigation of
Beaudril operated a facility at Stokes Point in support           contamination has ever been done. The community of                    Read on for
of Beaufort Sea exploration during the last big oil               Aklavik and the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation have
boom in the 1980’s. With the signing of the Inuvialuit            raised concerns about possible pollution left behind at               more details
Final Agreement in 1984, Stokes Point became part of              Stokes Point from past DEW Line and oil exploration                   on how you can win
Ivvavik, the first national park established in Canada             activities.                                                           some great Parks
                                                                                                                                        Canada prizes by
So What is Parks Canada Doing About Stokes Point?
                                                                                                                                        playing our Stokes
Parks Canada is committed to look for possible                    Steering Committee. The Committee is made up of
pollution left behind at BAR-B and clean-up the site              appointed representatives from the Aklavik Hunters                    Point Trivia Game. The
to protect the land, water, and wildlife that are so              & Trappers Committee, Aklavik Community                               answer to our trivia
important to the Inuvialuit and other Canadians. Parks            Corporation, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Parks                   question can be found
Canada has partnered with the Department of National              Canada, Department of National Defence and the
                                                                                                                                        in this newsletter. A
Defence and the Royal Military College of Canada on               Royal Military College of Canada.
a three-year project to do a complete site investigation                                                                                fleece jacket, t-shirt,
                                                                  Investigation & Clean-up Planning Timeline                            and ball hat are up for
looking for possible contaminants at Stokes Point. We
                                       will take what we          2006-07     Field investigation work begins
                                                                                                                                        grabs but you have to
                                       learn from two             2007-08     Field investigation work finishes. Clean-
                                                                              up planning and consultations begin                       play to win!
                                       summers of field
                                       investigations             2008-09     Consultations finish. Clean-up plan
                                                                              completed and approved by project
                                       and develop a site                     partners                                           0       25   50 km              Beaufort Sea
                                       clean-up plan.                                                                                               hel
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                                                                  Clean-up work at Stokes Point is expected to start                                 I
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                                                                  in 2010. This depends on getting project funding                       Ivvavik              Mac                 B                                  r

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                                                                  through the Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan                       Park

                                       Stokes Point

                                                                  Program as well receiving approvals needed under the
                                                                                                                                                                             Yukon Territory

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                                                                  various environmental assessment processes for the                                                                                Aklavik
                                          The Stokes Point field   Yukon North Slope.
                                          investigation crew,
                           PARKS CANADA   August 2006.
                                                                  How Can I Get Involved?

                                               E. MCLEAN, PARKS CANADA

                                                                                                                            E. MCLEAN, PARKS CANADA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   E. MCLEAN, PARKS CANADA
            BAR-B in 1956-57.                                            Collecting sculpin fish (kanayuq) to look for                                 Setting snares to collect siksiks                                                      Taking soil samples to
                                                                         contaminants.                                                                to look for contaminants.                                                              map out nature and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             extent of contamination
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             at BAR-B.

                How Can I Get Involved?
                                                                                                  boards, and other interested groups will
                                                                                                  be invited to comment on our draft clean-
                                                                                                  up plan in Spring 2008.
                                                                                               • Make your views known during the
                                                                                                                                                                                                  T R I V I A                                       GAME
                                                                                                 environmental assessment for future
                                                                                                 clean-up. Community consultations
                                                                                                 are planned in 2009 as part of the
                                                                                                 environmental assessments required
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Q. What year is clean-
                                                                                                 before any site clean-up work can take                                                          up expected to start at
                                                                                                 place in 2010.                                                                                  Stokes Point?
                                                                                               • Pick-up the phone and call us. See our
                Over the next few years, there are a number                                      contact information below to reach Parks                                                        Please mail, fax or email your answer
                                                                                                                                                                                                 along with your name, address, and
                of ways that you can make your comments                                          Canada and local Steering Committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                 daytime telephone number to:
                and views known on the Stokes Point BAR-                                                                                                                                         Stokes Point Trivia Game
                                                                                               Stay tuned to CBC Radio, check out your
                B project.                                                                                                                                                                       c/o Parks Canada
                                                                                               community notice board, or look out for                                                           Box 1840
                • Drop-in on our regularly scheduled Stokes                                    upcoming issues of our newsletter to learn                                                        Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0
                  Point Steering Committee meetings. The                                       more about our upcoming meetings.                                                                 FAX- 867.777.8820
                  public is welcome at our quarterly Stokes Point                                                                                                                                EMAIL ed.mclean@pc.gc.ca
                  Steering Committee meetings in Aklavik.                                      Who Can I Call if I Want More                                                                     All entries must be received by no later
                • Attend upcoming public meetings in Aklavik                                   Information?                                                                                      than Tuesday, May 1st to be included in
                  and Inuvik to speak your mind. We have                                       PROJECT CO-LEAD FOR PARKS CANADA                                                                  the draw for 3 prizes:
                  public meetings scheduled in Spring 2007 and                                 Ed McLean                                                                                         FIRST » Parks Canada fleece jacket
                  Winter 2008 to inform communities about                                      Parks Canada                                                                                      SECOND » Parks Canada t-shirt
                  this project and hear your views on how best to                              187 Mackenzie Road                                                                                THIRD » Ivvavik National Park ball hat
                  clean-up BAR-B.                                                              P.O. Box 1840
                                                                                                                                                                       E. MCLEAN, PARKS CANADA

                • Send in your written comments on our draft                                   Inuvik, NT X0E 0T0                                                                                Siksik on beach barrel cache.
                  clean-up plan. Communities, co-management                                    867.777.8803 or ed.mclean@pc.gc.ca

                Local Stokes Point Steering Committee Members
                Carol Arey, Aklavik                                       Dennis Arey, Aklavik Hunters          Kyle Sherwin, Inuvialuit
                Community Corporation                                     & Trappers Committee                  Regional Corporation
                867.978.2414                                              867.978.2723                          867.777.7048

                                                                            Upcoming Meetings
                                                                            Stokes Point Steering Committee Meeting • MAY 3 – 4, 2007
                                                                            Public Meeting & Community Feast • AKLAVIK » MAY 3, 2007
                                                                            Public Meeting & Community Feast • INUVIK » MAY 4, 2007
                                                                            Each public meeting will feature a gasoline door prize draw and a
                                                                            complimentary shuttle service for elders.

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