On August 1, 2019, the Government of Canada and QIA announced interim protection for Tuvaijuittuq and an Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement (IIBA) for the establishment of Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area.
This agreement includes provisions which detail how the IIBA can evolve to include Tuvaijuittuq should it be permanently protected. In addition, through other federal programs, the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure, harbours and a training centre in support of the five communities of: Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Grise Fiord, Pond Inlet and Resolute Bay.
$54.8 Million in Inuit Stewards program investments (through the Inuit Impact And Benefit Agreement)
$49.25 Million over seven years to implement:
- Meaningful job creation in the five communities for Nauttiqsuqtiit.
- New collaborative governance model including Imaq, an Inuit advisory body, and the Aulattiqatigiit board, a joint Inuit/Government consensus management board.
- Fisheries development for the potential for new fishing opportunities within or adjacent to Tallurutiup Imanga.
- Tuvaijuittuq (high arctic basin) protection to freeze the footprint of the area while a feasibility assessment is conducted, which will include community engagement, and further research.
$3.65 million over seven years to support Inuit led research, training, monitoring, scholarships and capacity building.
$1.9 million over seven years to support Hunters and Trappers Organizations’ capacity development and participation in governance and management for the five adjacent communities.
Over $190 Million in infrastructure investments (through Federal programs)
- Multi-use facilities and country food processing units for all five communities (funded by Parks Canada).
- Community harbour development in Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay (funded by Transport Canada).
- Small craft harbour development in Arctic Bay and Clyde River (funded by Fisheries and Oceans Canada).
- A regional training centre in Pond Inlet (partially funded by the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency). QIA already negotiated a $10 million commitment for the regional training centre through the Mary River IIBA.