Nanisivik is an Inuktitut word meaning: "the place where people find things".
When the mine closed, after a fall in world zinc prices, and the settlement was to be abandoned, there were plans to move equipment and building materials to the nearby community of Arctic Bay. But the mine had left the site so heavily contaminated the material could not be re-used.
In 2006 Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper announced plans to build an Arctic deep-water port, to service Arctic patrol vessels. In 2007 Harper announced that the naval base would be built on the site of the abandoned port facilities of the mine.
An engineering team spent time on the site assessing the need to clean up toxic waste from the mine, prior to construcing the naval base. According to the CBC News construction is slated to begin 2010, and the port should be ready by 2015.
An airport at Nanisivik is large enough to service jet aircraft.
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