Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut – June 4, 2019 – Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is pleased to release the 2018-2019 annual report for the Arctic Bay pilot of the Tallurutiup Imanga Nauttiqsuqtiit. The report is available on the QIA website.
This Inuit steward pilot project is funded as an early benefit for the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area by Parks Canada.
“Although the Nauttiqsuqtiit have only been working for a few months, they are already making a huge difference and demonstrating the need for similar programs in the other four Tallurutiup Imanga communities,” says QIA President P.J. Akeeagok, “their job is not only monitoring the region but also harvesting to feed the community.”
In its inaugural year the Nauttiqsuqtiit pilot program has had a notable impact on the social and economic well-being of Arctic Bay. Five of the six Nauttiqsuqtiit are sole providers for their families. Collectively, they support approximately 11 adults and 22 children. However, their contribution extends far beyond providing for their own families.
The Arctic Char, seal and other animals harvested by the Nauttiqsuqtiit in the past year has been shared with the community in feasts to help feed the hungry. The nonedible animal parts were shared with seamstresses and artisans to bolster the local economy. Arctic char was also sent to be served in Ottawa at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s “A Taste of the Arctic” in Ottawa.
The Nauttiqsuqtiit also bridge the gap between youth and Elders. The skills and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit they acquire from working with Elders is passed down to young Inuit eager to learn land skills.
As stewards of Tallurutiup Imanga, the Nauttiqsuqtiit monitor sea ice conditions for safe passage and lend a hand to search and rescue efforts in the community, using their knowledge of fellow community members and the local landscape to help recue Inuit in need.
For more information, please contact:
Sima Sahar Zerehi,
Director of Communications,
Qikiqtani Inuit Association