Session on “Les enjeux de la conservation au Nunavik” - Lorraine’s blog


Blog article from Lorraine Brooke, SNAP Quebec board member




On February 19, 2014 le Ministere du Developpement durable, de l'Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs, as part of an on-going series of forums on science and the environment, organized a session on "Les Enjeux de la conservation au Nunavik: concilier patrimoine naturel, culture et developpement".

I delivered an address on behalf of the Kativik Regional Government and Makivik Corporation since but also introduced myself as a SNAP board member. My presentation discussed the results of a Nunavik wide consultation process, led by me in collaboration with Ministry to develop priorities for an expanded network of protected areas. I stressed the importance of cooperation, directly involving Inuit in determining priorities and criteria for section and the sharing of information. An important criteria for Inuit is ensuring 'food security' when seeking to balance the needs for conservation and economic development. For Inuit, this means selecting areas important for harvesting key food species and protection of their habitat.

Along with other presenters representing Nunavik, we made it very clear that Inuit were continuing to pursue the objective of attaining at least 20% of Nunavik protected by 2020. Approximately 150 staff from MDDEFP attended and the proceedings were webcast throughout the Ministry. There was a lot of interest in the presentation, particularly with regards to developing a working relationship between regional representatives and the Ministry.

I felt there was an appreciation of the urgency that Inuit feel in the face of increasing pressures from industry and concern about the imbalance between how quickly land can be claimed for mining and how long it takes to get a protected areas established.