News & Events

News Release

The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Nunavut Planning Commission, the Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Nunavut Water Board are pleased to announce that Colleen Parker has recently been selected to serve as Policy Advisor to the Nunavut Marine Council (NMC).

To read the full news release please visit the following link: 191122-NMC News Release Re-Policy Advisor-OPAE.pdf

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Request for Comments

As part of the Oceans Protection Plan, the Government of Canada is developing a new, more collaborative approach to managing marine traffic issues in local waterways. Transport Canada is reaching out for thoughts on a national framework that provides guidance and direction for how Proactive Vessel Management could be delivered across Canada.

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News Release

On August 1, 2019, Canada surpassed its 10% marine conservation target with the establishment of the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area (MPA) under the new ministerial authority of the Oceans Act. The Tuvaijuittuq MPA protects 5.55% of Canada’s marine territory, bringing the total of protected Canadian oceans and coasts to nearly 14%.

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Correspondence Received

The Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area Planning Committee (represented by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, the Government of Nunavut, and Parks Canada) provided an update on the status of the draft Interim Management Plan for the proposed Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area (TINMCA). The associated correspondence is available in the “Documents’ and ‘Other Resources’ tabs.

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Update Received

Through the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative, Transport Canada is partnering with Indigenous communities across Canada’s coasts for a pilot project to test a web-based and user-friendly system that will enhance the availability of information and data on maritime activity, including vessel traffic, and support local decision-making related to marine safety and environmental protection. On May 6, 2019, the system became available for the pilot project partners across Canada. See the ‘Documents’ tab for the associated diagram outlining this initiative.

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Correspondence Received

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Government of Nunavut, and the Makivik Corporation provided information on the ongoing initiative to develop federal fisheries regulations for Nunavut and adjacent marine areas, including the Nunavik Marine Region. The associated correspondence is available in the ‘Correspondence’ tab.

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Conference

The ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence and its national partners have announced that the Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2019) will be held at the Halifax Convention Centre December 2 - 5, 2019. The ASM2019 will bring together leading Arctic researchers, graduate students, Northern community representatives, government and industry partners and stakeholders from all fields.

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Request for Comments

As part of the establishment of the new Arctic Regions, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) have been conducting engagements with Northern Indigenous organizations, provincial and territorial governments, industry, and others to identify the boundaries and priorities of the new regions. Written submissions can be provided by email or mail by August 31, 2019. The comment form is available in the ‘Documents’ tab.

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