The purpose of this project is to a route for trail for people and equipment to travel into
the mainland to help facilitate economic growth for the community of Chesterfield Inlet.
This will allow for further exploration and possible development of resources providing
direct and ancillary jobs to the community of Chesterfield Inlet and Nunavut.
The alternative method to carry out this project would be either to fly equipment in at the
Josephine Lake landing strip, then us of winter trails (over both land and water) to
transport materials to the site. Once the materials have been brought to site they will
need to cache until the spring/summer when the work can commence. This could lead to
equipment breaking due to the elements (from improper storage), theft, or damages from
Another alternative method would be to load materials on to a float plane and fly
materials to a nearby lake, then ship the materials over land. This option would require
trails to be cut, and maintained.
The no go alternative would be to create a series of winter only accesses trails over land
and water. This alternative would allow limited accesses to Josephine Lake only during
the winter months, and would be dependent on receiving the proper amount of snowfall,
along with ice development.
Materials and supplies will first be brought to the community of Chesterfield Inlet via
barge. Then the materials will be brought to site using either pick-up trucks with trailers
or by using a 950H/950F Diesel frontend loader.
There is no airstrip that will be utilized for this project. The only one that might be used
is the one in the community of Chesterfield Inlet. But this airstrip will only be used in
emergency situations, when there are no other options available.
The only flights in the area will be the ones that are regularly scheduled coming in and
out of Chesterfield Inlet.
There are no existing camps in the work area. Additionally there are no plans to create a
camp for the term of this project. Accommodations will be within the community of
The equipment that is required for this project include, a D6 bulldozer, 950H/950F
loaders, two dump trucks, and pickup trucks (pictures of the equipments are seen
Waste Water (Grey water, Sewage, Other)
There will be no sewage produced for this project due to the fact there is no camp being
Any combustible solid waste will be taken to the hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet and burned
in a controlled, safe manner. This will include have a person monitor the burn, fire
extinguisher on hand, proper personal safety equipments, and a burn contained within a
Conversely, non-combustible solid waste, scrap metal, plastics, all will be transported
back to Chesterfield Inlet for proper disposal. Transportation will either be by pickup
truck, trailer or by loader (for larger waste products).
Hazardous waste or oil will be contained properly and will be transported to Chesterfield
Inlet for shipping out on the community for proper disposal.
Any contaminated soils or snow will be removed from the site. If there is a spill on the
snow then contaminated soil will be removed from the site. The contaminated soil extent
will be determined by visual discolouration in the snow itself. The snow will be put into
barrels so that it can be stored and shipped out of the community for proper disposal at
the closest facility. If there is a spill on the soil then work will stop and the contaminated
soil will be removed. The contaminated soil will be placed into barrels so it can be
shipped and disposed of properly. The extent of contamination will need to determine to
ensure that the majority of the contaminated soil is removed. To accomplish this we will
use a PetroFlag field sampling kit, which will establish range of the spill (horizontally and
vertically). Once it is determined that the majority of the contaminated soil has been
removed, samples will be taken and sent to an outside lab for a more detailed analysis
to determine whether more soil will need to be removed to complete the remediation.
Any empty barrels and fuel drums will be inspected for damages, closed, and be placed
on a palette and strapped down for storage in Chesterfield Inlet. Then they will be
transported by ship/barge for proper recycling.
Any other waste that is produced will be disposed of in the community of Chesterfield
Inlet using their landfill waste facilities. There will be no new landfill or landfarm projects
to be constructed for this project.
The types of fuel that will be used for this project will be non leaded gasoline and diesel
fuel. Diesel fuel for the heavy machinery will be provided directly to the equipment
through the use of a fuel truck. For pickup trucks and other vehicles they will be
refuelled at the service station located in Chesterfield Inlet. Fuel transfer for all vehicles
will be done by using a pump and hose.
The spill control measure was in place provided that based on access trail development
proposed project was initiated by the Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet, as copy of Spill
Contingency Report provided.
Chemicals and Hazardous Materials
Any chemicals or hazardous materials on site will be the ones that are already located
within the equipment and they have their own contaminant. The extra
chemicals/hazardous materials for the machinery are stored at the work shops where
the equipment is stored and repaired. The workshops would have their own
containments areas and secondary measures, along with proper chemical transfer
If a spill does occur in the field then there is a spill contingency plan prepared by
Maskwa Engineering Ltd. on behalf of the Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet, as copy attached
as an appendix.
Workforce and Human Resources/Socio-Economic Impacts
For this project it is important to work with community members, municipal government,
Nunavut government, and engineers including local businesses to developed and initiate
local economic prospects into the municipality by joint venturing with businesses in the
community. Some of the positions that will be required include heavy machinery
operators, survey assistants and labours. These jobs/ asks can be filled with members of
the community that already have the required training. If there are not enough
community members with the proper training then instructors can be brought in to offer
the training to the community members. It would not be in the best interest of this project
to bring in many outside workers. The reason being is that by bringing in outside workers
is not optimal would be the increase in ancillary costs (accommodation, food and travel
expenses). It would be more cost beneficial and beneficial to the community of
Chesterfield Inlet to have their own community members obtain the jobs and training.
The workforce will either travel via their own vehicle or by carpool to the work site and
will work ten to twelve hour days five day to six days a week. The length of the work will
be from June until October.
Public Involvement/ Traditional Knowledge
The community that would be affected the most with this project would be the Hamlet of
Chesterfield Inlet. The next closest community is Rankin Inlet at over one hundred
kilometres away in distance.
Consultation was conducted with Maskwa Engineering, Department of Fisheries, Indian
and Northern Affairs, Kivalliq Inuit Association Lands Department. Additionally local
community members, business and elders were consulted during this process. This
consultation process included site visits and interviews to determine whether there is any
cultural, historical or traditional land use significance in the work area. It was determined
that there are none of these items present in the work area.
Any modifications or changes to the accesses trial will result in future community
consultation because it will be the community that is operating and maintaining the trail.
Along with any future development will have to be careful not to disturb traditional lands
or landmarks that could exist outside the work area if the work change does venture into
SECTION A: Roads/Trails
A-1. Project Information
There was a field investigation of the project area conducted in 2008 with a Maskwa
Engineering representative (Clell Crook) and members of the community from
Chesterfield Inlet. In addition there was consultation with Elders and representatives
from the Hamlet of Chesterfield Inlet who all aided to determine the proper route. There
were no geotechnical or other intrusive soil investigations conducted for this project.
Presently with remoteness of the community only a few number of vehicles are expected
to be used. These vehicles include any combination of all terrain vehicles, trucks, and
other heavy-equipments to haul based on development of this access trail proposed
route project or once this screening process is approved for development. Once
completed, community members and visitors will be able to use this road for their own
Maintenance of this project will become the responsibility of the Hamlet of Chesterfield
Inlet and will be conducted with a dump truck, loader, dozer CAT and grader.
This access trail proposed route project will not have any portion located outside of
Nunavut Settlement area from Josephine Lake area nor from the municipality of
Chesterfield Inlet area.
A-2. All-Weather Road/Access Trail
This access trail road design consideration to permafrost is developing access trail road
during warm season from June to October by hauling gravel to the site; and using
screened or crushed gravels based on permafrost. There is a cross section attached as
The construction technique will include staking out the road width and alignment with a
survey and marking with wooden stakes. Once the layout and alignment has been made
the construction techniques will consist of hauling gravel from a local site with dump
trucks, and placing the gravel with loaders; then using a bulldozer and grader to shape
the accesses trail to meet the alignment provided by the survey. Timing of this project
will begin in the spring (April/May) with the surveyor and assistant (provided by the
community) staking out the road alignment. Once the survey crew has gotten a marked
out a sustainable distance then the labourers will being to haul, place and compact the
gravel that will make up the accesses trail. The haul, and gravel work will commence
from June to October.