Oceans North supports made-in-the-Arctic solutions through partnerships with indigenous organizations and northern communities that have a vested interest in Arctic ecological resilience and abundance.
Our programs are built by listening, learning and understanding the unique challenges facing Northern Canada. Inuit have a legal claim on the Arctic’s land and sea through constitutionally protected land claim agreements that act as modern-day treaties. Inuit bring a sophisticated ecological knowledge to marine conservation that is essential to building a healthy future.
A few examples of our approach are:
- In Nunavut, Oceans North supported the Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s Tallurutiup Imanga (Lancaster Sound) report outlining Inuit land use and occupancy that is key to the establishment of a national marine conservation area in this region.
- In Labrador, Oceans North has partnered with the Nunatsiavut government to study a unique population of freshwater seals in the Torngat Mountain National Park.
- Oceans North has backed the efforts of the Nunavik community of Aupaluk to use traditional knowledge to document marine wildlife use of Ungava Bay in anticipation of increased industrial development;
- In the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Oceans North worked with the Inuvialuit Game Council on a three-year pilot program for community-based monitoring.
- Nationally, Oceans North has supported the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s Nulliajut project to gather Inuit views of the Northwest Passage.
- Internationally, Oceans North worked with the Inuit Circumpolar Council in both Canada and Greenland to establish an Inuit-led commission that made recommendations on how best to protect Pikialaorsuaq, or the North Water polynya.