The Government of Canada is supporting Inuit-led stewardship efforts in Taloyoak, Nunavut.

IQALUIT, NU, August 12, 2022 /CNW/ – Oceans are vital to the livelihoods of communities across Canada. The government of Canada has made tremendous strides in protecting our oceans by working collaboratively with Indigenous partners, provinces, territories, industry and other marine stakeholders. Since 2015, Canada progressed from less than 1% to more than 14% protection of its marine and coastal areas.

Today in Iqaluit, Nunavutthe Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honorable Joyce Murray, announced $3.53 million in funding over three years for the Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association, located in the community of Talyoak, Nunavut. This funding is provided by Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Oceans Management Contribution Program and will help build capacity for Inuit-led ecological monitoring and knowledge gathering on the marine environment. It will also provide employment opportunities through the creation of a marine stewardship program for Aviqtuuq, an Inuit-identified priority area near the community on the Boothia Peninsula.

This Inuit-led marine stewardship program will focus on creating economic development opportunities that also protect vital ocean and freshwater environments, such as sustainable harvesting, small-scale fishing, outfitting camps and tourism. Stewardship is considered essential to the long-term conservation of these traditional lands, which aligns with from Canada the goal of increasing marine protection while providing jobs for current and future generations of Aboriginal people through co-management.

The government of Canada. By continuing to work in partnership with Indigenous, provincial and territorial governments on marine conservation, we are better investing in an effective, nature-based solution that will help stem the tide of global biodiversity loss and mitigate the impacts of climate change. .

This announcement was made on the last day of Minister Murray’s tour of the Arctic region. During this tour, the Minister met with Aboriginal organizations and other co-management partners as well as DFO and Coast Guard staff at Yellowknife, Inuvik, Iqaluit and Rankin Inlet where she highlighted the new funding as part of from Canada Oceans Protection Plan for the Canadian Coast Guard and the Canadian Hydrographic Service.


“Inuit were the first stewards of the Arctic, and Inuit leadership is essential to protecting northern waters today. This contribution agreement will help support members of the Talyoak community to deepen their knowledge and skills so that they can continue to conserve and manage their local waters. Through partnerships with Indigenous communities across Canada can protect the ocean and coastal ecosystems, reduce the impacts of climate change, while building a strong and sustainable blue economy.”

The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Our government recognizes that the active participation of Inuit is essential to protecting the health of our oceans. This initiative led by the Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association will help increase Inuit capacity to conserve the Arctic Ocean while creating jobs in Inuit communities. leadership and knowledge are essential to the sustainable stewardship of our arctic marine environments. »

The Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs

“It’s a beautiful land, there’s a lot of wildlife. To keep it safe from mining, oil and gas exploration, that’s our main goal. We want our next generation, and future generations to come, experience what we have experienced as hunters.. The marine guardian program will help us gather information to develop a management plan to keep wildlife safe and the environment clean. create jobs for the future and for Canada come and see Aviqtuuq in his natural state.”

Jimmy Oleekatalik, Manager of the Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association and Project Manager of the Aviqtuuq Inuit Protected and Conserved Area

“The Sea Guardians announcement made me smile. In the past, money was always tight for the HTA, so I’m very happy that funding is available for Marine Protection. We need people are monitoring what’s going on around the shores of the Boothia Peninsula — if there’s anything out of the ordinary from a boating perspective, are different types of whales coming in. We’d like to know more so we can protect and, at the same time, harvest marine mammals through the Aviqtuuq (IPCA) project, so that we can care for our land and our animals and make more country food available to our community.”

Joe Ashevakpresident of the Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association

“With the Aviqtuuq project, we want to control the resources that are available. I know that we are going to hire more guards and do more harvesting of marine mammals in this area, so it could be more income for people who don’t. have not”. I am very grateful for that. Our goal is to make things better for our community members, enjoy the land as it is, enjoy the wildlife we ​​have, and protect it for future generations.

George Aklahvice-president of the Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association

“We are pleased with the efforts being made to provide Inuit with opportunities to care for their communities and environment, as this aligns with the Inuit societal value of Avatittinnik Kamatsiarniq, respect and care for the land, animals and the environment. The government of Nunavut recognizes community capacity building initiatives, and we are excited to see Inuit leading the gathering of ecological knowledge that will inform future decisions in Talyoak and Boothia Peninsula.

The Honorable David Akeeagok, Nunavut Minister of the Environment

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The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard visited Iqaluit, Nunavut to announce funding for a new marine stewardship initiative in the Arctic. Based in the community of Taloyoak, the Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association will focus on the Aviqtuuq area (the Boothia Peninsula). Minister Murray was joined for the announcement by Jimmy Ullikatalik, manager of Spence Bay HTA.

Fast facts

  • Talyoak, Nunavutis the northernmost community of from Canada continental.
  • Aviqtuuq comprises 40,730 square kilometers of ocean, 4,413 square kilometers of fresh water, 20,532 kilometers of rivers and 45,039 square kilometers of land.
  • The area provides important summer habitat for iconic marine species including narwhal, beluga and bowhead whales. It also provides important calving and wintering habitat for polar bears, calving grounds for the Ahiak caribou herd, migration corridor for Peary caribou, and beef habitat. musky. The region’s many freshwater lakes and rivers are fed by the surrounding marine waters, which teem with Arctic char.

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SOURCE Fisheries and Oceans Canada Ontario and Prairie Region

For further information: Kevin Lemkay, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, 613-992-3474, [email protected]; Media Relations, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 613-990-7537, [email protected]

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