The association that represents Inuit in Canada’s Baffin region will get $900,000 to set up a pilot program to monitor a marine protected area in the Arctic.
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) will us the money to examine how Inuit can help manage the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area, also known as Lancaster Sound, located in the northeastern region of Canada’s eastern Arctic territory of Nunavut.
“The establishment of the Tallurutiup Imanga pilot Guardian program in Arctic Bay is a significant landmark in the 60-year journey commenced by Inuit leaders in Qikiqtani to protect these waters and its rich abundance of marine life,” said P.J. Akeeagok, QIA’s president, in a news release on Wednesday.
“This important program formalizes Inuit stewardship and lays the foundation for much needed training, jobs, and economic opportunities for Inuit. This stewardship model also recognizes, respects, and supports the active hunting and food sharing culture of Inuit today.”