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Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam MPA Celebration Part of Oceans Day 2017
Oceans Day in the western Arctic is always a much-anticipated event, but this year the celebrations were extra special as the launch of the Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area was officially recognized.
Acting as the kickoff to the 31st Iqalukpik Jamboree, the day was filled with a parade, BBQ and feast, children and adult games and activities, and drum dancing.
Speaking during the opening remarks, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation's Chair and CEO Duane Ningaqsiq Smith stressed that protecting culture is very important and a commitment of IRC.
"Congratulations to the community [of Paulatuk], Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Government of Canada, and, especially, the Inuvialuit, once again demonstrating more commitment to the preservation, conservation, and the sustainability of the ecosystem that is so integral to the part of our culture and our society today," Smith said.
Also, a tribute to Inuvialuit leader Nelson Green was held during the day's events. The Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area is named after a favourite hunting spot of his and an engraved picture was presented in his honour to the community. In Inuvialuktun, "Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam" means "where I hunt for food."
During his remarks, Smith recalled his time on the Inuvialuit Game Council and the contribution that Green, also known as Mr. IFA, was able to provide.
“We depended on him to interpret and translate meaning of some of the wording within [the Inuvialuit Final Agreement] so that we could implement [it]," Smith said.
A special thank you to everyone who contributed to these two successful events, including Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Hamlet of Paulatuk, Katimayit Recreation, Paulatuk Hunters and Trappers Committee, Paulatuk Community Corporation, and all of the other many partners.
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