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The Great North Hope - FJA reports on the gemstone industry in Greenland - Greg Valerio
Creating a Prosperous and Inclusive Gemstone Industry in Greenland. The Greenland government has an opportunity to maximise the economic and social benefits of its natural resources through an inclusive approach to gemstone mining, according to an independent report. Published by Fair Jewelry Action (FJA), a non-profit organisation promoting fair trade and ethical jewellery practices, and in support of the 16th August Union, a miners association campaigning to re-establish the rights of Greenlanders to collect gemstones in Greenland, the report highlights how the strategic inclusion of traditional mining rights to exploit Greenland’s gemstone resources would generate greater economic and social benefit for the country than by industrial mining alone. A spokesperson for the 16 August Union, who did not want to be named for fear of reprisals said, This report authentically highlights some of the human rights impacts due to the restrictions imposed on Greenlanders by the Bureau of Mines and Petroleum (BMP) mining act of 2009 and the ongoing ruby conflict with international junior mining companies from Canada. This report highlights the extreme under valuation of Greenlandic polished Rubies and Sapphires by the Canadian mining company compared to world market prices. The market branding of Greenlandic gemstones will also become …