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Knowledge and expertise sought for territorial park committees

The GN Department of Environment has put out a call for people interested in having a seat on joint planning and management committees for four territorial parks.

The parks are: Kinngaaluk Territorial Park near Sanikiluaq, Aguttinni Territorial Park near Clyde River, Napartulik Territorial Park near Grise Fiord and Kugluk Territorial Park near Kugluktuk.

The GN Department of Environment is asking for residents of Sanikiluaq, Clyde River, Grise Fiord and Kugluktuk to consider applying to become members of joint planning and management committees for territorial parks near their communities, such as Agguttinni Territorial Park, pictured here.
photo courtesy Department of Environment

"Committees provide advice and recommendations to the Government of Nunavut on all aspects related to the planning, establishment, operation and management of territorial parks," stated the department in a news release.

Committees, made up of six members, are appointed by the GN or regional Inuit associations based on their interest, knowledge and experience in parks, tourism, or Inuit culture and heritage.

Members appointed by an Inuit association represent the interests of Inuit in the community adjacent the park, the region, and Nunavut. Those appointed by the GN represent the interests of all Nunavummiut in the community.

The committee as a whole is responsible for ensuring Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is included in consensus decision-making.

Community interests include: Inuit rights to continue to use and enjoy parks; protecting culturally significant sites and important wildlife areas; promoting cultural and natural heritage; and, developing economic and education benefits.

The deadline for applications is June 28.