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Hamlet of Repulse Bay to Stage 2005 Bowhead Whale Harvest

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(February 7, 2005 – Rankin Inlet, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. 2nd Vice-President Raymond Ningeocheak announced today that the Repulse Bay Hunters and Trappers Organization was successful in its quest to host the 2005 Bowhead Whale harvest.

Ningeocheak made the announcement following a meeting of the Wildlife Policy Advisory Committee, which he chairs. The Kitikmeot Hunters and Trappers Association, the Kivalliq Wildlife Board and the Qikiqtaaluk Wildlife Board also sit on the committee.

We met to review the six proposals we received for the bowhead whale harvest. The proposals were all very solid, but in the end, we were impressed by the strong sense of leadership and the message of community participation and cooperation included in the proposal from Repulse Bay. They captured the true spirit of traditional Inuit harvests, said Ningeocheak.

Following the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, which stipulates that Inuit are entitled to harvest bowhead whales, Repulse Bay conducted a bowhead whale harvest in 1996. Pangnirtung followed in 1998, Coral Harbour in 2000 and Igloolik and Hall Beach in 2002.

For further information:

Kerry McCluskey
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4914
Cell: (867) 975-1337
Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006