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Inuit Organizations, Government Sign MOU for Wildlife Act Regulations

NR 04-25 WLA ENG Wildlife Act Regulations.doc

(June 3, 2004 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Key organizations involved in the Nunavut Wildlife Act today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) continuing the Nunavut Wildlife Legislation Working Group.

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB) and the Government of Nunavut (GN) were all signatories to the important document that sets out the terms of reference for the development of the Regulations to be included in the Nunavut Wildlife Act.

The Regulations are the detailed rules that must be developed as a result of the Nunavut Wildlife Act. The Act is a framework for the Regulations. The Act does not set quotas, seasons or other detailed rules. The Regulations set these rules. The Regulations must be in place for the Act to function.

Our signatures on this MOU will help ensure that the Wildlife Act Regulations we develop will respect the principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit included in the legislation, while also implementing the Inuit wildlife rights set out in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, said NTI 2nd Vice-President Raymond Ningeocheak.

The MOU is a continuation of the original Nunavut Wildlife Legislation Working Group, which began in September 2000 when NTI, the NWMB and the GN agreed to work together to develop the new wildlife legislation. All three parties worked closely together during the extensive community consultation process that took place prior to the drafting and passage of the Nunavut Wildlife Act during the fall of 2003.