Iqaluit, Nunavut – October 9, 2019 – TheQikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) has implemented tourism operation fees for access to Inuit Owned Lands by commercial tourism operators.
“Inuit in Qikiqtani communities have expressed concern regarding the increased amount of commercial tourism activities in the region, particularly cruise ships,” says QIA President, P.J. Akeeagok, “QIA put in place these tourism operation fees to generate direct benefits for Inuit in communities impacted by tourism.”
The Qikiqtani Region receives the most cruise ship activity in Nunavut. Typically, tourism operations fail to generate significant direct benefits for communities.
Fifty per cent of these fees will go to the Hunters and Trappers Organization of the community adjacent to the Inuit Owned Land (IOL) being used.
Tourism operators will be given notice of the new fees associated with conducting tourism activities on Inuit Owned Land when they apply to access these areas.
The proposed tourism operation fees include:
Plane landing on IOL: $150/landing
Helicopter landing on IOL: $100/landing
Commercial guest access for camping on IOL: $50/Day
Commercial guest access for less than six hours on IOL: $25/Day
These fees are now in affect.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Sima Sahar Zerehi
Director of Communications
Qikiqtani Inuit Association