BIRTHRIGHT

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Iv­vavik Na­tional Park, which was born in 1984, is the first na­tional park

in Canada to be cre­ated un­der an Abo­rig­i­nal land set­tle­ment. It was es­tab­lished to help the Inu­vialuit peo­ple pro­tect

the land, wildlife and cul­tural her­itage of the area while also re­tain­ing their abil­ity to hunt, trap, gather and fish. It’s co-man­aged by Parks Canada, the North Slope Wildlife Man­age­ment Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil and the Inu­vialuit Re­gional Cor­po­ra­tion, which ad­min­is­ters the set­tle­ment.

In Inu­vialuk­tun, Iv­vavik means “a place for giv­ing birth, a nurs­ery.” Dur­ing the most re­cent ice age, this re­gion was one of the few in North Amer­ica that wasn’t cov­ered in glacial ice, making it a nat­u­ral refuge for woolly mam­moths, gi­ant beavers, sabre-toothed tigers and camels. To­day, parts of the park are still the calv­ing grounds for the por­cu­pine cari­bou.

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