Timeline and next steps

The Feasibility Assessment will include extensive consultation on the proposed area and is designed to help determine whether establishing an Inuit (Indigenous) protected area is both practical and desirable. The Feasibility Assessment provides the opportunity for rights holders, partners, stakeholders and the Canadian public to contribute information and share knowledge and expertise.

The creation of a new protected area is a complex process and the Governments of Canada and Nunatsiavut in discussions with key stakeholders such as the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and Makivik Corporation, will take the necessary time to ensure that all parties are engaged and that appropriate consideration is given at each stage. It is intended that the Feasibility Assessment will be completed within 2 to 3 years of the signing of the MOU for the Feasibility Assessment.


Announcement of a Statement of Intent between the Nunatsiavut Government and the Government of Canada on a partnership to advance the Imappivut initiative for oceans management in the Labrador Sea.


Canada announced the launch of a Feasibility Assessment in collaboration with the Nunatsiavut Government for an Inuit (Indigenous) protected area – National Marine Conservation Area.


Steering Committee established to lead the Feasibility Assessment for the potential Inuit (Indigenous) protected area - National Marine Conservation Area.


The Government of Canada and the Nunatsiavut Government sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to continue work to assess the feasibility of establishing an Inuit (Indigenous) protected area under the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act in the Torngat Area of Interest.


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