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Commercial Film and Photography Application Guidelines for Aulavik, Ivvavik and Tuktut Nogait National Parks

The Parks Canada Western Arctic Field Unit

Appendix B – FILMING AND PHOTOGRAPHY CODE OF ETHICS FOR THE WESTERN ARCTIC FIELD UNIT

This code of ethics has been established to provide professional photographers and commercial film crews with a set of guidelines to assist with their efforts in minimizing their impact on the ecological integrity of the ecosystem they are operating in, and to enhance awareness towards their personal safety. The code of ethics also acts as general conditions of this permit. Failure to comply with the code of ethics could lead to a suspension or revocation of the current permit and refusal of any future permits.

General

  • Photographers/Film makers are required to become familiar with and abide by the Canada National Parks Act, applicable National Park Regulations and Parks Canada Policy (http://www.pc.gc.ca/docs/index_e.asp). Please read and review all park information packages relevant to the type of landscape you will be operating in and wildlife you may encounter.
  • Registering and deregistering from the parks is conducted in the Parks Canada office in Inuvik.
  • Aircraft landing permits are obtained from the Parks Canada office in Inuvik.

Wildlife

  • Intentional harassing, disturbing, or feeding of wildlife is prohibited by the Canada National Parks Act. For the purpose of this Code of Ethics, “harassment” is defined as "any human action that causes unusual behaviour, or significant change of behaviour by an animal". “Disturbance” is defined as “to intrude upon, inconvenience or interfere with”. While each individual encounter may seem inconsequential, the cumulative effects caused by repeated encounters may result in critical behaviour change. Examples are missed feedings, habituation, increased risk of predation, etc.
  • Attracting animals with food, calls or scents, using blinds, or altering vegetation around photographic subjects constitutes harassment.
  • Maintain a 200 m buffer between you and any animal feeding on a carcass.
  • If a wolf, fox, or bear is approaching you and investigating property (i.e. your gear, tripods, cameras, backpack, food containers, or water bottles), it is displaying unnatural or conditioned behaviour. Attempt to dissuade the animal by yelling, firing “bear bangers” in the air, banging pots together, and/or stomping your feet. Report the incident to the Duty Warden at 867-777-4893.
  • Report any wolf and bear encounters to Parks Canada staff upon your return.
  • Your observations often provide us with valuable information to help better understand and protect park resources. Park wardens, naturalists and biologists are interested in your observations of wildlife and in answering any questions you may have about park resources.
  • Wildlife closure areas will vary from year to year, or in the case of emergency closures, from day to day. Check with the Duty Warden prior to your departure to the park.

Personal Effects

  • Keep your gear secured and stored as neatly as possible. Gear scattered around your site may encourage curious animals to investigate.

Aircraft

  • Take-off and landing of aircraft in national parks and landmarks is strictly controlled. Take-off and landing sites must be indicated in the application and are pre-approved through an Aircraft Landing Permit.
  • Photographing, filming or viewing wildlife from the air should be conducted in such a manner so as to not disturb the wildlife.
  • Access or over-flights by fixed wing or helicopter follow Ministry of Transport aeronautical regulations and Parks Canada regulations. Flights are no lower than 500 feet above the nearest obstacle in unpopulated areas and no lower than 1000 feet above the nearest obstacle in populated areas. However, Environmental Impact Screening Committee (EISC) guidelines recommend that flights should remain at an altitude of 2000 feet (609.6 metres) above the nearest obstacle in both populated and unpopulated areas. It is strongly encouraged that film and photography companies adhere to EISC guidelines. It is incumbent on these companies to ensure the pilot is aware of these regulations.

Film Production

  • All special effects and stunts within the selected Parks Canada location must be approved in advance.
  • The use of wild animals that are trained for performance purposes is prohibited in national parks.
  • Filming activities should be conducted so as to not disturb or alter the environment or heritage resources. Areas for camping, setup, etc. will be pre-designated by the Filming and Photography Permitting Officer.
  • Provide for garbage and human waste removal from the park.
  • The construction of props or sets on-site must be approved in advance. The location must be maintained free of construction debris and litter at all times and must be returned to its prior condition when filming is completed.

Private Property

  • Respect private property. Permission should be sought prior to using any cabins located in or near the national parks.

Regulations

  • Resource protection and visitor safety are the dominant factors in making law enforcement decisions.
  • No terms of this permit limits the application of any Federal laws, Territorial laws, or comprehensive land claims. The Western Arctic Field Unit Filming and Photography Permit and Aircraft Landing Permits only grant authorization under the Canada National Parks Act and Regulations.

Visitors

  • Please conduct filming and photography activities as inconspicuously as possible so as to not interrupt the public’s normal use of national parks. The most likely period of conflict with public use occurs during June, July and August.

Traditional Users

  • Inuvialuit beneficiaries of the Western Arctic Claim have the right to pursue their traditional harvesting activities within Aulavik and Ivvavik national parks as well as that portion of Tuktut Nogait National Park that falls within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region. Beneficiaries of the Sahtu Dene and Metis Comprehensive Land Claim have similar rights within the portion of Tuktut Nogait National Park that falls within the Sahtu Settlement Area.
  • Filming and photography activities must not interrupt traditional users’ use and enjoyment of the land or their use of private cabins or camps on the land.