Part­ner­ship launched to pro­tect ocean in north­ern Labrador

The Labradorian - - NEWS -

The Nu­natsi­avut gov­ern­ment signed a state­ment of in­tent with the fed­eral gov­ern­ment last week to col­lab­o­ra­tively man­age the ocean around north­ern Labrador.

They are work­ing on the ‘Imap­pivut’ ini­tia­tive – which means ‘Our Wa­ters’ - put for­ward by the Nu­natsi­avut gov­ern­ment. The ini­tia­tive sup­ports is based around col­lab­o­ra­tive man­age­ment, in­clud­ing the cre­ation and co-man­age­ment of marine pro­tected ar­eas. Work­ing with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, the two gov­ern­ments could po­ten­tially pro­tect a stretch of coast­line longer than the State of Cal­i­for­nia.

“The Imap­pivut ini­tia­tive is about rec­og­niz­ing Labrador Inuit con­nec­tion, knowl­edge and rights to our ocean,” said pres­i­dent Jo­hannes Lampe of the Nu­natsi­avut gov­ern­ment. “It is about re­spect­ing our his­tory and cur­rent needs by part­ner­ing with the gov­ern­ment of Canada to de­velop a man­age­ment plan that ul­ti­mately im­proves the lives of those who de­pend on the wa­ter and the ecosys­tem it­self.”

Lampe signed the doc­u­ment with Cather­ine McKenna, the Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Change and Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Parks Canada and Dominic LeBlanc, the Min­is­ter of Fish­eries, Oceans, and the Cana­dian Coast Guard. The re­lease said they are look­ing at so­lu­tions like Indige­nous Pro­tected Ar­eas in or­der to main­tain healthy oceans and healthy coastal com­mu­ni­ties.

“Our gov­ern­ment is proud of this his­toric part­ner­ship with the Nu­natsi­avut gov­ern­ment, the ‘Imap­pivut’ ini­tia­tive, to pro­tect the ocean in North­ern Labrador,” said McKenna. “To­gether, we will not only help pro­tect a re­gion feel­ing the very real im­pacts of cli­mate change – but through en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship, train­ing, and em­ploy­ment – will pro­vide eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for Inuit com­mu­ni­ties along the coast. Both gov­ern­ments un­der­stand we can pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment while strength­en­ing the econ­omy.”

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