GEM-2 Grant Recipients (Multidisciplinary Projects)


Grant recipients are listed in alphabetical order.

GEM Booklet

Proponent: Nunavik Mineral Exploration Fund

Objectives: The objective/purpose of this Project is to produce a booklet with specific information on the work done and results obtained by GEM in the last few years including as well partnership with the MERN. A Nunavik Guidebook was produced by the Nunavik Mineral Exploration Fund (NMEF) and Makivik Corporation in 2011. NMEF might update this booklet and include geoscientifical information about GEM and MERN. Booklet will have a similar aspect as the Nunavik Guidebook.

Benefits to Canada: It is in the interest and an objective of Canada to ensure a development of the northern communities. Projects aiming at triggering interests in the specific field of mineral related activities is necessary to include the development of the North in a sustainable way.

Nunavut Drill Hole Database

Proponent: NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines

Objectives: This project marks the first effort to compile drill hole information from Nunavut assessment reports into an easily-accessible data-set. The objective for this project is to compile the information from a minimum of 400 assessment reports. Each mineral assessment report can contain 10s to 1000s of pages. Some can be reviewed very quickly if they do not include drilling, others depending on the manner of presentation of drill data, will be significantly time-consuming.

Benefits to Canada: By enhancing economic development in Nunavut, this project benefits Canada by reducing the need for Federal Government funding of Territorial operations. This advances the goal of devolution. GEM geoscience programs and products have been of great value to mineral exploration, and the drill hole database will enhance the usefulness and applicability of other geoscience data sets being produced by GEM. Use of GEM data to provide Inuvialuit community organisations with a tool to enhance decision making regarding mineral exploration and development in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region

GIS to Integrate Traditional Knowledge with GEM Results Workshop

Proponent: University of Waterloo

Objectives: This proposal will develop a step-by-step guide to create 3D visualization products and physical 3D models of geologic terranes using open source or inexpensive commercial software for use in Northern high schools and the Nunavut Arctic College (NAC). The guide will instruct users in obtaining GEM data (e.g. CDEM topography, geologic maps, etc.), viewing and manipulating data in 3D software, and converting the digital models to physical models using 3D printing/routering techniques. A guidebook will be publicly available and physical models will be created and delivered to NAC in this project.

Benefits to Canada: Canada will increase its engagement of Northerners in high-tech fields and training in geologic analytical methods and 3D visualization. Further, this project will increase the use and knowledge of GEM geospatial datasets and their applications and create a publicly available, easy-to-understand educational document.


Grant recipients are listed in alphabetical order.

A Geographic Information System (GIS) to Support the Development and Implementation of Mineral Strategies in the Western Arctic

Proponent: Aurora Research Institute

Objectives: The primary objective of this project is to develop a robust GIS that utilizes geoscience and spatial data to support the management of mineral strategies across the Western Arctic.

Benefits to Canada: Having mineral strategies developed with the support of meaningful, current, and accurate geoscience/geospatial information will result in a better planned investment in mineral exploration, as well as exploration with reduced environmental impact, which could result in increased northern economic opportunities.

Indigenous Knowledge and GEM Data Integration Workshop: Mobilizing Indigenous Knowledge and Geoscience to Enhance Decision-Making for Northern Mineral Exploration and Development

Proponent: Aurora Research Institute

Objectives: The main objective of this Project is to develop and host a 4-day Indigenous Mapping Workshop in Inuvik that will train NWT indigenous community members to optimally utilize GIS tools and available geoscience data in their decision-making.

Benefits to Canada: Because the economic viability of Northern Canada is largely dependent on natural resource development, initiatives that enhance digital and spatial literacy and develop skills and capacity amongst Northerners in the resource industry sectors represent positive outcomes. The Indigenous Knowledge and GEM Data Integration workshop will facilitate both knowledge exchange and capacity building amongst indigenous communities and regional stakeholders.

Kavilliq Regional Science Culture Camp: Hard Rock Camp

Proponent: Kavilliq Science Educator’s Community

Objectives: The objective of this project is to reinforce to camp participants, particularly Inuit youth, that there is a logical bridge between Western understanding of rocks and minerals and the traditional cultural knowledge of Inuit Elders and knowledge keepers. Not only does the camp provide an opportunity to introduce participants to formal scientific methods in an outdoor setting, but also those individuals who successfully complete this camp will receive two high school credits i.e. Outdoor Experiences 1(WLD1030) and Rocks and Minerals (ENM2070).

Benefits to Canada: Teaching of a rudimentary course on rocks and minerals represents an important first step in possibly preparing indigenous students for a future in the filed of geoscience. By engaging students in a forum outside of a traditional classroom setting, yet at the same time providing them with high school credits, the Camp represents an “alternative” form of education, which will hope to encourage northern students to stay in school and graduate.

Landscape and Geology: Geoscience Booklets for Communities in Nunavik and Nunatsiavut

Proponent: Cape Breton University

Objectives: The primary objective of this Project is to produce a series of geoscience-themed booklets based around six communities in Nunavik and Nunatsiavut that will highlight the geological history and landscape evolution of the surrounding areas using new data and interpretations from the GEM-2 program.

Benefits to Canada: Booklet production will provide an excellent resource for showcasing Canada’s natural and cultural heritage in areas that are at best poorly known to most Canadians (i.e. promote greater appreciation of the beauty and history of Canada’s North). This initiative provides a cost effective way for researchers and governmental organizations to share their work with a diverse audience. Highlighting GEM-2 program work and research will highlight the significance that the program has played in enhancing the Northern geoscience knowledge base.

Lutsel K’e Territory Map Compilation and Interpretive Workshops for Land Use Planning, Land Selection and Tourism Interpretation

Proponent: Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation

Objectives: The objective of this Project is to educate the: Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation’s Leadership; the Land Use planning committee; the Tourism Committee; and, Land Claims staff, about the geology of the First Nation’s traditional territory.

Benefits to Canada: A better understanding of the geology of the Lutsel K’e First Nation traditional lands will assist in the development of comprehensive land use plans; support the completion of the land claims process; and support further economic development and tourism in the region.