Traditional knowledge shapes Canada’s largest protected area
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.