NunatuKavut remains committed to the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table
JANUARY 24, 2018 – HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR – The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) today reaffirmed its commitment to the conservation and preservation of the George River Caribou Herd (GRCH) through continued collaboration with all Indigenous peoples in the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table (UPCART).
Southern Inuit have always had a fundamentally important relationship with caribou, and their protection and conservation is a priority for NCC. NunatuKavut has been an active member of UPCART since it was first established in 2013 to unite all Indigenous groups and Nations in the Quebec-Labrador Peninsula in conserving migratory caribou herds. This past fall, NCC was a proud signatory to the UPCART caribou management strategy called “A Long Time Ago in the Future: Caribou and the People of Ungava.” This strategy includes development of a sharing agreement which would allow for a one per cent limited harvest of the GRCH.
NCC’s approach has always been one that respects caribou, as well as other Indigenous peoples and their relationship with the caribou. NCC also values sharing this important resource in a way that meets the needs of Southern Inuit and all Indigenous peoples.
- The population of the GRCH was estimated at approximately 800,000 about 20 years ago
- The population of the GRCH was estimated to be 8,800 in 2017
- In 2003, NCC developed its first Caribou Harvesting Plan, as well as interim conservation and safety guidelines for its hunters. In 2012, NCC initiated a voluntary hunting moratorium on the GRCH based on traditional knowledge and science
- NCC is the representative governing body for approximately 6,000 Inuit of south and central Labrador, collectively known as the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut
“Hunting is an extremely important part of Southern Inuit culture and caribou has been a traditional food and way of life for our people for generations. I believe that we have a responsibility as Inuit, as do other Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, to do all we can to help protect the caribou. NCC will continue to work with all Indigenous people of the Ungava Peninsula to ensure that caribou are protected for now and generations to come. We want our young people to know about caribou and to always have it be a part of their culture.”
- Todd Russell, President of NCC
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Kelly Broomfield, Director of Communications, NCC, 709-280-5965