Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

June 20, 2011 21:56 ET

Government of Canada and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated Reach Agreement on Narwhal Management

Statement by Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 20, 2011) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, today commented on an agreement reached between the Government of Canada and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) concerning narwhal co-management.

"I am glad that the Government of Canada and NTI reached this agreement," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Working together is always preferable to litigation, and I believe this agreement lays out a good path as we move forward together."

"As a Northerner, I'm glad to see that these issues are being worked out respectfully between both sides."

"Our government recognizes the economic and cultural importance of the traditional narwhal harvest to people and communities in Nunavut," added Minister Ashfield. "We are committed to working with our co-management partners, including NTI., the Government of Nunavut, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, hunters and trappers organizations and northern communities, to continue this harvest in a sustainable manner."

"We also recognize that meaningful consultation on the steps forward is essential, and we are confident that upcoming meetings taking place in July and August 2011 in Nunavut will mark the beginning of an enriched Inuit participation in decisions about narwhal harvests."

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    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Erin Filliter
    Director of Communications
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada