Lancaster Sound

Lancaster Sound has been a contentious area for many years. Because of this, QIA created “Tallurutiup Tariunga: Inuit Participation in Determining the Future of Lancaster Sound”.

This report has two purposes; to provide Nunavut Land Claims Beneficiaries with an introduction to the proposed Lancaster Sound National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA), and, to inform Parks Canada, the Government of Nunavut and those interested of Inuit perspectives on marine conservation.

The report, which can be downloaded below, explains what an NMCA is, the history surrounding interests in Lancaster Sound, the importance of where boundaries are suggested, and discussion on the realities of Inuit cooperative management in Nunavut. The report is a tool for North Baffin communities to help create an NMCA.

QIA’s main plan is to work with communities to prepare a comprehensive set of maps depicting Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. This report provides a summary of Inuit land use and occupancy and recent marine mammal science. These combined ways of knowing can be used to define a common vision of conservation.

One noteworthy feature of a NMCA is that once established, exploration and development of oil and gas will be prohibited. Finally, and most importantly, while known to most Canadians as Lancaster Sound, Inuit refer to this region as Tallurutiup Tariunga. This report has been titled, Tallurutiup Tariunga Inulik, which means “Lancaster Sound has people” and also “Lancaster Sound has Inuit.” It is from the perspective of a homeland that QIA approaches discussions related to this great region.

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