Seabridge Gold

Courageous Lake: ENVIRONMENTAL / REGULATORY

The 33,030 hectare Courageous Lake Project is north of the tree line in the zone of continuous permafrost. This tundra environment is fragile and requires special care to minimize disturbance. The property includes the two kilometer long Felsic-Ash-Tuff (FAT) Deposit which lies between the southern shore of Courageous Lake and the northern end of Matthews Lake. Matthews Creek flows over the FAT Deposit from Matthews Lake into Courageous Lake.

Seabridge began to collect environmental baseline data at this project site in 2003. Data collection was designed and implemented by EBA Engineering Consultants. Since 2008, the data has been collected by Rescan/ERM Consultants. The baseline data collection between 2003 and 2011 focused on the collection of archaeology, fisheries, water quality, hydrology, metrological and wildlife data. Since 2011, the focus has been on the baseline collection of archaeological data to support ongoing exploration work, metrological data to support the evaluation of local wind power potential and wildlife data. More than 60 solar-powered, motion activated cameras have been located within a 30 km radius around the project site to assess wildlife.

The Courageous Lake Project is in the traditional lands of the Treaty 8 First Nations, the Tli Cho Nation and various MĂ©tis groups. There are no permanent communities in the vicinity of the Project area; the Tli Cho community of Wekweti situated approximately 90 kilometers to the west of the site is the closest community. Aboriginal communities of Lutsel K'e, on Great Slave Lake, N'dilo, in Yellowknife, and Dettah, 20 km north of Yellowknife, are also associated Aboriginal settlements. Seabridge maintains continuous engagement with each of these indigenous groups to communicate project-related exploration activities and to address and respond to community concerns.

The Courageous Lake Project currently holds a Class "A" Land Use Permit (Permit # MV201C0025) from the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board which authorizes Seabridge to conduct exploration activities at the project site. This permit was extended for a two year period on October 12, 2017 and expires on December 27, 2019.

The Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board (MVLWB) is a regulatory authority that administers the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act (MVRMA). The roles and responsibilities of the MVLWB include:

  • Reviewing and making decisions on transboundary projects;
  • Ensuring consistent application of the MVRMA up and down the Mackenzie Valley; and
  • Reviewing and making decisions on applications filed in the regions where land claims have not been settled.

The MVLWB meets at least once per year. A Section 103 Panel meets more frequently to make decisions respecting applications in the regions where land claims have not been settled and for transboundary applications.

On April 1, 2014, responsibility for managing public land, water and resources in the NWT was devolved from the Government of Canada to the Territorial Government. Seabridge closely monitors the regulatory environment governing Courageous Lake and is working with the regulators to develop rules and procedures which balance the Government’s economic objectives and the special needs of the Arctic environment and its indigenous peoples.