Consultation on Nunavut Fishery Regulations

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from February 11, 2018, to July 31, 2019.

Although the Nunavut Agreement came into effect in 1993 and Nunavut was established in 1999, Nunavut fisheries are still managed under the Northwest Territories Fishery Regulations. New regulations are needed that are consistent with harvesting rights and wildlife management systems established under northern Land Claims Agreements, and to modernize governance structures that support implementation of Indigenous self-determination.

Nunavut Fishery Regulations are being co-developed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, Government of Nunavut, and Makivik Corporation. The Regulations are proposed to apply to all fish (including marine mammals) as defined by the Fisheries Act, and currently includes the areas within the Nunavut Settlement Area (including the Areas of Equal Use and Occupancy) and the Nunavik Marine Region.

Who is the focus of this engagement

This consulted with:

Key questions for discussion

The Nunavut Agreement created a co-management system with defined and complementary roles for the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, Regional Wildlife Organizations, and Hunters and Trappers Organizations, while recognizing Inuit harvesting rights, including fishing rights.

We wanted your feedback on how the Nunavut Fishery Regulations could support the following goals:

The input gathered through this process will be used to inform the Nunavut Fishery Regulations, and will respect and consider the principles and concepts of traditional knowledge and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.

The input gathered through this process will be used to guide the implementation of the Arctic region.

Contact us

Email: DFO.NFR-RPN.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca