Nunatsiaq News: Hunters in High Arctic communities to receive funds for marine stewardship
“Our goal with this agreement was also to provide opportunities for our communities”
The Qikiqtani Inuit Association will be handing out $100,000 cheques to hunters and trappers organizations in five High Arctic communities this summer.
The money flows from the Tallurutiup Imanga Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement, negotiated in 2019 when the new national marine conservation area of the same name was created.
Tallurutiup Imanga, or Lancaster Sound, is a 110,000 square-kilometre expanse of biologically rich Arctic ecosystem located between Devon Island and Baffin Island.
The IIBA provides over $200 million to protect Inuit stewardship and build marine harbours, food-processing facilities and a training centre in the five closest communities: Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay, Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet and Clyde River.
Those are the same five communities whose local HTOs will receive $100,000 through the Qikiqtani Inuit Association this summer, the organization announced in a July 7 release.
That money is meant to help communities respond to their increased duties under the Nunavut Agreement in helping establish the new conservation area, the QIA said.