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A National Park Proposal on Bathurst Island

What’s Happening?

People gather around in a meeting room to look at interesting rocks collected by a community member. Government of Nunavut representatives meet with Resolute community members at the Bathurst Island National Park proposal information sessions hosted by Parks Canada.
© Parks Canada

Parks Canada is continuing to work with Inuit from Nunavut’s Qikiqtaaluk Region, various federal government departments and the Government of Nunavut, to establish Qausuittuq National Park.

Parks Canada and Qikiqtani Inuit Association are working towards completion and ratification of an Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement (IIBA). Section 8 of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement requires that an IIBA be negotiated prior to the establishment of any new national park in Nunavut. The IIBA deals with anything that could either impact or benefit Inuit including, among other things: cooperative management, continuation of Inuit harvesting rights, establishment of outpost camps, and Inuit employment and economic benefits.

Once the IIBA is completed and signed by the Government of Canada and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, the Minister responsible for Parks Canada will then recommend to Parliament the permanent protection of Qausuittuq National Park under the Canada National Parks Act.

Purple saxifrage flowers in full bloom on arctic tundra.
A pair of Peary caribou look out over the tundra landscape. © M. Manseau, Parks Canada
A muskox stands alone on the arctic tundra.
The shining sun hangs like a brilliant ball low in the blue sky above three people standing on flat snow covered ground that stretches off into the distance.