Mineral and Energy Resource Assessment (MERA)

Mineral and Energy Resource Assessment of Proposed National Parks in Northern Canada

Introduction

The Senior MERA Committee has drafted Terms of Reference for the Mineral and Energy Resource Assessment (MERA) process. The following text is the preamble verbatim to these Terms of Reference. The entire text is also available in Acrobat format (see files below).

Background

The MERA process was established in 1980 as the mechanism for implementing the following federal government policy:

"It is the policy of the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development to ensure that an inventory of the non-renewable natural resource potential of areas in the Yukon and Northwest Territories be compiled prior to their formal establishment as new national parks. The fundamental qualities of the area which recommend it for national park status will be taken into account in any land use activities associated with compiling the inventory. Parks Canada will cooperate with other federal agencies responsible for carrying out such inventories."

Source: National Parks Policy (1979) and National Marine Parks Policy (1986). A similar statement appears in the 1994 Parks Canada Policy.

The Senior MERA Committee initially comprised the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (DIAND), Parks Canada and the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources (now Natural Resources Canada). The governments of Yukon and Northwest Territories were added in 1987. The Senior MERA Committee is supported by a Working Group.

The purpose of these Terms of Reference is to provide a more definitive statement of the process to be followed to meet government policy, and to reflect current government organizational structures and the social, economic and political context in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

These Terms of Reference will be made available to the general public, including industry, as part of the consultations which are described below. They will be updated as required.

In this document: "national park" also includes national marine conservation area, national park reserve and an expansion of a national park; "inventory" includes assessment; "public" includes all interested public and private sector parties; and "energy" includes only non-renewable energy (hydro-electric power assessments may be conducted on a case-by-case basis).

Purposes of MERA

  • To ensure that the economic and strategic significance of mineral and energy resource potential is duly considered in the national park establishment process in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
     
  • To ensure that, in making recommendations regarding the withdrawal of land for national park purposes, the Minister of DIAND is advised on the balance between the values of the land with respect to park establishment criteria and the potential for the exploration, development and use of mineral and energy resources which may inhere in the land.
     
  • To prepare assessments of the mineral and energy resource potential of areas in the Yukon and Northwest Territories which are being considered for administration by Canada as national parks.

The MERA process is the primary means whereby DIAND, Parks Canada, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the territorial governments cooperate in conducting mineral and energy resource assessments.

MERA Contacts

MERA WORKING GROUP (MWG) - DISTRIBUTION LIST
June, 2010

Danny Wright (Co-chair)
Mineral Resources Division
Geological Survey of Canada
Natural Resources Canada
601 Booth Street
OTTAWA, ON K1A 0E8
Tel: 613-947-0186
Fax: 613-943-1286
E-Mail: DWright@NRCan.gc.ca

David Murray (Co-chair)
Parks Establishment Branch
Parks Canada Agency
25 Eddy Street, Fourth Floor
GATINEAU, QUEBEC K1A 0M5
Tel: 819-997-4936
Fax: 819-994-5140
E-Mail: david.murray@pc.gc.ca

James Lariviere (Secretary)
Northern Affairs Organization
Indian Affairs and Northern Development
25 Eddy Street, 10th Floor
GATINEAU, QUEBEC K1A 0H4
Tel: 819-994-6422
Fax: 819-953-9066
E-MAIL: James.Lariviere@AINC-INAC.gc.ca

Rob Johnstone
Minerals and Metals Sector
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth St, 10th Floor
OTTAWA, ON K1A 0E4
Tel: 613-990-5714
Fax: (613) 996-0915
E-Mail: rjohnsto@nrcan.gc.ca

Laurent Tardif
Minerals and Metals Sector
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth St, 10th Floor
OTTAWA, ON K1A 0E4
Tel: 613-995-3492
Fax: (613) 996-0915
E-Mail: ltardif@nrcan.gc.ca

Margo Burgess
Geological Survey of Canada
Natural Resources Canada
601 Booth Street, Room 195
OTTAWA, ON K1A 0E8
Tel: 613-996-9317
Fax: 613-992-0190
E-Mail: mburgess@NRCan.gc.ca

Jesse George
Conservation and Land Use Planning Division
Northern Affairs Organization
Indian Affairs and Northern Development
25 Eddy Street, 10th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H4
Tel: 819-994-7425
Fax: 819-953-2590
E-Mail: georgej@AINC-INAC.gc.ca

Giles Morrell
Oil & Gas Management Directorate
Northern Affairs Organization
Indian Affairs and Northern Development
25 Eddy Street, 10th Floor
GATINEAU, QUEBEC K1A 0H4
Tel: 819-953-8722
Fax: 819-953-5828
E-MAIL: morrellg@AINA-INAC.gc.ca

Scott Cairns
Chief Geologist
Northwest Territories Geoscience Office
P.O. Box 1500, 4601-B 52nd Street
YELLOWKNIFE, NT X1A 2R3
Tel: 867-669-2479
Fax: 867-669-2725
E-Mail: scott_cairns@gov.nt.ca

Malcolm Robb
Mineral Development Division
Indian Affairs and Northern Development
P.O. Box 1500
YELLOWKNIFE NT X1A 2R3
Tel: 867-669-2618
Fax: 867-669-2705
E-MAIL: robbm@AINA-INAC.gc.ca

Greg Yeoman
Environment and Conservation Directorate
Indian Affairs and Northern Development
P.O. Box 1500
YELLOWKNIFE NT X1A 2R3
Tel:867-669-2880
Fax:867-669-2701
E-Mail: yeomang@AINC-INAC.gc.ca

Gordon Hamre
Parks Canada Agency
Box 1166
YELLOWKNIFE NT X1A 2N8
Tel: 867-669-2821
Fax: 867-776-8466
E-Mail: gordon.hamre@pc.gc.ca

Kelly Mahoney
Senior Mining Advisor, Minerals, Oil and Gas
Department of Industry, Tourism & Investment
Government of the Northwest Territories
P.O. Box 1320
YELLOWKNIFE NT X1A 2L9
Tel: 867-920-3347
Fax: 867-873-0254
E-Mail: kelly_mahoney@gov.nt.ca

Mark McCormack
Manager Parks: Program Development
Department of Environment
Government of Nunavut
P.O. Box 1000, Stn: 1340
IQALUIT NU X0A 0H0
Tel: 867-975-7724
Fax: 867-975-7747
E-Mail: mmccormack@gov.nu.ca

Bernie MacIsaac
Operations Directorate
Indian Affairs and Northern Development
P.O. Box 100, 969 Qimugjuk Building, 2nd Floor
IQALUIT, NU X0A 0H0
Tel: 867-975-4290
Fax: 867-975-4560
E-MAIL: macisaacb@AINC-INAC.gc.ca

Observers
Carolyn Relf
Director - Yukon Geological Survey
Department of Energy, Mines & Resources
Government of Yukon
P.O. Box 2703 (K-10)
WHITEHORSE, YT Y1A 2C6
Tel: 867-667-8892
Fax: 867-393-6232
E-Mail: carolyn.relf@gov.yk.ca

MERA Publications

General

Assessments

These assessments were carried out by the GSC and published as Open File Reports.

National Parks

  • Bathurst Island, Northwest Territories

    Open File 2351: Regional Stream Sediment and Water Geochemical Data, Northern Bathurst Island; M.W. McCurdy, C.D. Anglin, P.W.B. Friske, R.G. Balma, and S.J.A. Day, 85 pp., 1997.
  • Bluenose Lake, Northwest Territories

    Open File 2434:
    Assessment of mineral and energy resource potential in Brock Inlier-Bluenose Lake Area, NWT; T. A. Jones, C.W. Jefferson and Morrell, 85 pp., 1992.
    Open File 2789:
    Mineral resources assessment of the Neoproterozoic Franklin igneous events of Arctic Canada: Comparison with the Permo-Triassic Noril'sk-Talnakh Ni-Cu-PGE deposits of Russia; C.W. Jefferson, L.J. Hulbert, R.H. Rainbird, G.E.M. Hall, D.C. Gregiore and L.I. Grinenko, 48 pp., 1994.
  • Wager Bay, Northwest Territories

    Open File 2351:
    Preliminary account of the resource assessment study of proposed national park, Wager Bay-Southhampton Island area, District of Keewatin; C.W. Jefferson, J.E.M. Smith and S.M. Hamilton, 47 pp., 1991.
    Open File 2659:
    Assessment of mineral and energy resource potential in the Laughland Lake terrestrial area and Wager Bay marine area, NWT; C.W. Jefferson, F.W. Chandler, L.J. Hulbert, J.E.M. Smith, K. Fitzhenry and K. Powis, 58 pp., 1993.

National Marine Conservation Areas

  • Bonavista/Funk Park study area, northeastern Newfoundland

    Open File 3435:
    Preliminary assessment of the marine mineral potential of the Bonavista/Funk Park study area, northeastern Newfoundland; M. Emory-Moore, 10 pp., 1997.
  • South Moresby, British Columbia

    Open File 2480:
    Assessment of mineral resource potential, Phase 1, in the proposed area of Gwaii Haanas/South Moresby National Park Reserve; C.W. Jefferson and H.R. Schmitt, 44 pp., 1992.
  • Torngat Park study area, northern Labrador

    Open File 3436
    Marine mineral potential of the Torngat Park study area, northern Labrador; M. Emory-Moore, 8 pp., 1997.

Terms of Reference (PDF, 448 kb)

Terms of Reference - text only (PDF, 124 kb)