Nunavut, often ignored in past mineral exploration, is turning out to have significant and exceptional mineral resources. The Baker Lake area has seen major exploration projects in recent years, especially with gold, uranium and other minerals. The opening of the Meadowbank mine has created much needed employment in the region. There is also potential for a uranium mine, called the Kiggavik Project, which is being proposed by Areva Resources Canada. A road linking Manitoba to the Kivalliq region is also being discussed.