Ecological value: Residents of the Nunavut communities of Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord, Clyde River and Resolute Bay hunt and fish in these waters and depend on this traditional way of life for their economic and cultural well-being. Arctic cod is the backbone of the Tallurutiup Imanga ecosystem and swims in schools up to 30,000 tonnes in size. Cod is an essential source of food for one of the richest marine mammal populations in the world. Most of the world`s whales and one-seventh of their beluga whales – as well as Greenland whales; walruses; and ringed seals, harps and bearded – use tallurutiup Imanga water for feeding, giving birth and walking. And whereas Article 8 of the Nunavut Agreement requires the Inuit and the Government of Canada to negotiate in good faith, prior to the establishment of a national marine reserve in the Nunavut residential area, in order to conclude an agreement on inuit effects and benefits; and whereas, in accordance with clause 8.4.4 of the Nunavut Agreement, the Parties have agreed on matters relating to the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Reserve that could reasonably benefit inuit on a Nunavut, regional or local basis or have an adverse effect on Inuit; This money is intended to help municipalities meet their increased obligations under the Nunavut agreement when creating the new protected area, the QIA said. Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area is a National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. The goal of the marine reserve is to work with local Inuit to preserve the rich biodiversity of Lancaster Sound and its adjacent waterways. Once formally established under Canada`s National Marine Protected Areas Act, it will become the largest protected area managed by Parks Canada and the second largest protected area in Canada after the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area. On the road to designation as a National Marine Conservation Area: The biological significance of Lancaster Sound was documented in an early 1980s study sponsored by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.
Parks Canada then proposed to protect Lancaster Sound in 1987 and began a feasibility study for an area of approximately 48,000 square kilometres (18,500 square miles) – twice the number of Lake Eriesee. This project was put on hold at the request of the Inuit until the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement was concluded. Canada`s north is warming about three times faster than the global average – alarmingly, and we are taking action to protect the marine and coastal areas of the High Arctic. This is real progress for Nunavut, for Canada and for the Inuit communities that depend on these coasts and waters every day.// Canada`s North is warming about 3 times faster than the global average – alarming. Measures are being taken to protect the marine and coastal areas of the High Arctic. This is real progress for Nunavut, Canada and the Inuit communities that depend on it. “Our goal with this agreement was not only to protect our waters, but also to provide opportunities for our communities,” P.J. Akeeagok, president of the QIA, said in a press release issued Tuesday, July 7. The money comes from the Tallurutiup Imanga Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement, which was negotiated in 2019, when the new National Marine Reserve was created under the same name. August 1 was an important day as the Qikiqtani Inuit Assoc. (QIA) announced with the Government of Canada the protection of two key areas: Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) was completed as a National Naval Conservation Area as well as interim protection for the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area.
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