Tra­di­tional knowl­edge shapes Canada’s largest pro­tected area

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Tal­lu­ru­tiup Imanga, also known as Lan­caster Sound, is now slated to be­come Canada’s largest ma­rine con­ser­va­tion area — a vic­tory for the Inuit peo­ple who have been push­ing to see it pro­tected for decades. The area would pro­tect 110,000 square kilo­me­tres of Arc­tic Ocean near the mouth of Hud­son Bay. Its bound­aries are shaped by tra­di­tional Inuit knowl­edge of the area, which is an im­por­tant hunt­ing ground.

“This area is the cul­tural heart of the re­gion; th­ese waters thriv­ing with ma­rine life have sup­ported the lives of the Inuit since time im­memo­rial,” P.J. Akeeagok, pres­i­dent of the Qik­i­tani Inuit As­so­ci­a­tion, said in a press re­lease. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit

qia.ca and pc.gc.ca.

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