What is the Nunavut Marine Council?

The Nunavut Marine Council (NMC) is not a standalone organization, but rather a mechanism for utilizing the shared experience and knowledge of Nunavut’s Institutions of Public Government to address marine issues that are broader than any one organization’s mandate. An extension of the integrated resource management system established through the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, NMC initiatives are advanced through coordination and cooperation between the board members and staff of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB), the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC), the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB), and the Nunavut Water Board (NWB).

Mandate
Established through the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, the Nunavut Marine Council (NMC) is a mechanism for the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB), the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC), the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) and the Nunavut Water Board (NWB) to advise and make recommendations to other government agencies regarding the marine areas of the Nunavut Settlement Area. Government must consider such advice and recommendations in making decisions which affect marine areas

Structure
In May 2010, the NMC members signed a “Memorandum of Understanding to Guide the Nunavut Marine Council in Advising and Making Recommendations to Other Government Agencies Regarding the Marine Areas”. This document provides that all advice and recommendations to other government agencies must be made by means of consensus reached by all four NMC members. If the NMC is not able to achieve consensus on a particular matter, individual members of the NMC may individually or severally advise and make recommendations as deemed necessary

Focus
At present, the NMC intends to concentrate on:

 

  • Promoting public awareness of issues that affect or may affect Nunavut’s adjacent marine areas;
  • Consulting with Nunavummiut concerning those marine issues of most concern to them;
  • Monitoring Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, science, literature, government, media and industry reports regarding changes, developments and concerns relevant to the marine areas; and
  • Reviewing existing or proposed regulatory, policy, research, development and management planning initiatives that affect, or may in the future affect, the marine areas ‐ and advocating the need for improvements, as required.