In 2017, a Statement of Intent was announced between the Government of Canada and the Nunatsiavut Government to work in partnership to advance Imappivut (Our Oceans): A Nunatsiavut Marine Plan Initiative for oceans management in the Labrador Sea.
The Nunatsiavut Government’s Imappivut Marine Plan safeguards the marine environment and Inuit interests, rights and priorities. This includes the designation of Inuit (Indigenous) protected areas within the Nunatsiavut marine areas, including the Torngat Area of Interest (“Torngat-AOI”). The Imappivut Marine Plan would fully implement the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement in the entirety of the coastal and marine waters of Nunatsiavut and ensure that these waters sustain a healthy marine ecosystem that supports Labrador Inuit in being prosperous for generations to come.
In 2019, the Government of Canada and the Nunatsiavut Government announced the launch of a Feasibility Assessment to consider the establishment of an Inuit (Indigenous) protected area under the Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act adjacent to Torngat Mountains National Park.
The Feasibility Assessment will contribute directly to the Nunatsiavut Government’s Imappivut Marine Plan and will work toward achieving the goals outlined in the Statement of Intent. The Feasibility Assessment will consider, among other things, the social, environmental and economic benefits and impacts of establishing an Inuit (Indigenous) protected area in the Torngat-AOI within the Labrador Shelf Marine Region.
The establishment of a national marine conservation area as an Inuit (Indigenous) protected area would enable the Government of Canada and Labrador Inuit to work in partnership to protect the natural and cultural values of the Labrador Shelf Marine Region and this portion of the marine waters covered by the Labrador Inuit and Nunavik Inuit land claims agreements.
- Government of Canada and Nunatsiavut Government working together to protect Northern Labrador Coast
- Governments of Canada and Nunatsiavut Launch Partnership to Protect Ocean in Northern Labrador
- Canada National Marine Conservation Areas Act
- Imappivut – Nunatsiavut Marine Plan
- Sea to Sea to Sea - National Marine Conservation Areas System
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