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December 01, 2006 14:00 ET

Torngat Mountains: From Park Reserve to National Park

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 1, 2006) - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the signing of a Park Impacts and Benefits Agreement for Torngat Mountains National Park of Canada, Labrador, with Mr. Pita Aatami, President of Makivik Corporation, representing the Nunavik Inuit of northern Quebec.

"This Agreement provides the foundation for a long-term relationship that will continue to evolve through cooperative management," said Minister Ambrose. "Canada's New Government is pleased to bring Torngat Mountains to full national park status."

The Park Impacts and Benefits Agreement provides for a $1 million payment to Makivik Corporation to assist Nunavik Inuit and Nunavik Inuit enterprises to take advantage of economic and employment opportunities associated with the national park. As well, the Agreement provides for the ongoing use of the national park by Nunavik Inuit, including the removal of carving stone and the continued use of traditional campsites.

"A key element of this Agreement is the recognition of the vital role that Nunavik Inuit will have in the management of the Torngat Mountains National Park," added Minister Ambrose. "The Park's Cooperative Management Board is to be enlarged to include two Nunavik Inuit members who, along with the two current Labrador Inuit members, will advise on all matters related to the management of the park".

Torngat Mountains National Park of Canada is located in northern Labrador and covers roughly 10,000 km2. It protects an area of spectacular Arctic wilderness, with towering mountains and breathtaking fiords. Polar bears, wolves, arctic fox and caribou are present. The hundreds of archaeological sites, which include tent rings, stone caribou fences, caches and graves, tell the story of the Inuit cultures that have made this special part of Canada their home over the millennia.

This area is currently protected as a national park reserve. When the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement is approved and ratified through legislation by Parliament, that legislation will provide for the consequential amendment of the Canada National Parks Act so that the national park reserve will become a national park.

Parks Canada is responsible for a system of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites that is recognized as one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected areas in the world. These commitments will help Parks Canada fulfill its mandate to protect and present nationally significant examples of Canada's natural and cultural heritage to Canadians, today and in the future.

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