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Joint Secretariat to Support Wildlife Organizations in Nunavut

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(February 10, 2005 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. 2nd Vice-President Raymond Ningeocheak today announced the creation of a new Joint Secretariat formed to provide support to Nunavut’s three Regional Wildlife Organizations, and the Hunters and Trappers Organizations.

Ningeocheak made the announcement on behalf of the Wildlife Policy Advisory Committee (WPAC), which he chairs in his capacity as NTI’s Executive Member responsible for the Wildlife portfolio. The chairpersons of the three Regional Wildlife Organizations also sit on the Wildlife Policy Advisory Committee, and played a key role in making the decision to create the Joint Secretariat.

Ningeocheak said the new Joint Secretariat would be based in Rankin Inlet, and would assist with the operation, management and program delivery of the territory’s wildlife issues. The formation of the Joint Secretariat is the result of one of four options made in a report following a 2004 review of the operations of the Regional Wildlife Organizations

As we implement Article 5 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, and get closer to bringing into force Nunavut’s Wildlife Act, more and more responsibility for wildlife issues is being handed over to the Regional Wildlife Organizations and the Hunters and Trappers Organizations, explained Ningeocheak.

The presence of the Joint Secretariat provides Inuit and Inuit wildlife organizations with the support we need to effectively manage our responsibilities for wildlife management at the regional and community levels. This is important because wildlife plays a critical role in Inuit culture and our daily way of life, said Ningeocheak.

Ningeocheak and NTI staff are currently working with the Regional Wildlife Organizations to set up the office of the Joint Secretariat by April 1, 2005.

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