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IRC Supports Canada's Creation Of A New Arctic Region
Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC) is in support of the Federal Government providing resources to the creation of a new Arctic Region inclusive of the four regions of Inuit Nunangat. The announcement was made recently by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami in Iqaluit and Inuvik.
Based on partnership and co-operation, the new Arctic Region will enable a closer working relationship between the Inuit and the Federal Government on the management of our waters and delivery of programs and services.
As part of the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness initiative under Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan, IRC is pleased that the coastal community of Tuktoyaktuk in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (ISR) will be involved in the testing of new information systems on ship traffic along with other essential maritime information. Under the Canadian Coast Guard’s Indigenous Community Boat Volunteer Pilot Program, Ulukhaktok was one of four communities selected to purchase search and rescue boats and equipment. Training is now in place to quickly save lives.
“IRC recognizes all these as positive steps moving forward to ensure Inuit are involved in the decision-making and protection of our Arctic waters. There is the need to work together for the development of shipping corridors to regulate shipping throughout the ISR and across Inuit Nunangat. At the same time, we must alleviate negative activities in sensitive ecosystems and protect our cultural sites. Infrastructure, training, and capacity building must all be in place in due course,” said Duane Ningaqsiq Smith, Chair and CEO of IRC.
The announcement in Inuvik was made during the Beaufort Sea Partnership meeting where multi-stakeholders are developing and implementing an Integrated Ocean Management Plan for the Beaufort Sea Large Ocean Management Area.
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