Three co-management boards are collaborating on the Nanuk Knowledge and Dialogue Project in the Eastern Arctic to:
- support cross-cultural collaboration across three Inuit regions,
- elevate Inuit leadership, knowledge, and decision-making, and
- advance knowledge co-production, shared understandings, and strong co-management.
The three collaborating boards include the Torngat Wildlife, Plants, and Fisheries Secretariat (Labrador), the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board (Nunavik, Quebec), and the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (Nunavut).
The Torngat Wildlife and Plants Co-management Board (TWPCB) is composed of federal, provincial, and Nunatsiavut government appointees. Clear roles and responsibilities are outlined in the Labrador Inuit Land Claim Agreement. The board may establish or modify the total allowable harvest for polar bears within the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area, also known as Nunatsiavut. The board regularly participates in the interjurisdictional polar bear surveys, Inuit knowledge studies, and a variety of dialogues at multiple jurisdictional levels.
Dr. Jamie Snook, the Executive Director of the Torngat Wildlife Plants and Fisheries Secretariat, is one of the project leads for the Nanuk Knowledge and Dialogue Project.
The Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board is responsible for wildlife management in the Nunavik Marine Region. The board was created by the Nunavik Inuit Land Claim Agreement. The board incorporates western science and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (traditional Inuit knowledge) when making wildlife management decisions. The board has seven appointed members – three by Makivik Corporation (political organization representing Inuit in Nunavik), two by the Government of Canada, and one by the Government of Nunavut. All board members nominate a chairperson.
Tommy Palliser, the Executive Director of the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board, is one of the project leads for the Nanuk Knowledge and Dialogue Project.
The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board was established in 1994 by the Nunavut Agreement (finalized 1993). The board is responsible for wildlife management in the Nunavut Settlement Area. It is a co-management board that consists of nine appointed members. The board and its co-management partners work together to combine the knowledge and understanding of wildlife managers, users, and the public to make decisions concerning the management of wildlife in Nunavut.
Jason Akearok, the Executive Director of the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, is one of the project leads for the Nanuk Knowledge and Dialogue Project.
Executive Directors of the co-management boards (from left to right: Jason Akearok, Jamie Snook, and Tommy Palliser)
Photo Credit: Torngat Secretariat