Tallurutiup Imanga Inuit Stewards Program

Initiative Type: Programmes

Belém Statement Area: Climate Variability, Ocean Observation, Ocean Resources, Polar Research

Initiative Location: Canada

Time Frame: 2014-Ongoing


Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is the regional voice of Nunavut?s Qikiqtani Inuit. Tallurutiup Imanga Inuit Stewards at work is a program where the Stewards take on a number of tasks; from monitoring sea ice conditions, to archiving cultural sites and assisting with search and rescue efforts. As part of their work, they have been harvesting fish and seal to collect data on marine-life. What they have harvested, they have shared with the community through feasts. Once the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement is finalized Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area will be the largest protected area in Canada. Arctic Bay is one of the five communities neighboring Tallurutiup Imanga. The other communities include Grise Fiord, Resolute Bay, Pond Inlet and Clyde River. QIA hopes to have similar Inuit Steward Programs in each of the five Tallurutiup Imanga communities.

Contact: Sima Sahar Zerehi, Qikiqtani Inuit Association, szerehi@qia.ca

Initiative Website: https://www.qia.ca/tallurutiup-imanga-inuit-stewards-at-work/