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Natural Region 15  

STATUS OF NATIONAL PARKS:

A national park establishment agreement was recently concluded by Canada, the Inuvialuit and the Government of the Northwest Territories, establishing Tuktut Nogait National Park (16,340 km2). This newest of Canada's national parks protects a significant portion of a larger national park proposal; the remaining part is protected by a land reserve pending completion of consultations and negotiations.

Hornaday River
Hornaday River
© Parks Canada

There are three land claim agreements which affect the study area. Tuktut Nogait National Park lies within the Inuvialuit Settlement and encompasses about 58 percent of the study area. Within Nunavut, consultations with Inuit are underway.

The Nunavut portion includes about 36 percent of the study area. Within the Sahtu Dene and Métis claim area, consultations are also in progress. The Sahtu portion includes about 6 percent of the proposed park.

Bluenose Lake Area
Bluenose Lake Area
© Parks Canada

Natural Region 15
Natural Region 15
© Parks Canada

Completion of park agreements for the remaining part of the study area will require the support and co-operation of the residents of Kugluktuk, as well as Inuit, Dene and Métis, and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

The continued support and cooperation of the residents of Paulatuk and the Inuvialuit is also important.

The following table summarizes the status of system planning for each step towards establishing a new national park in this natural region.

Steps in the Park Establishment Process
Representative Natural Areas Identified:
Potential Park Area Selected:
Park Feasibility Assessed:
Park Agreement Signed:
Scheduled under the National Parks Act:

Status
done
done
complete for Inuvialuit component
complete for Inuvialuit component

0


National Parks System Plan, 3rd Edition

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