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Srimilik National Park of Canada

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Thank you for sharing your views. The deadline for comments has passed. A report on the Public Consultations on a Draft of the First Management Plan for Sirmilik National Park will be available soon.

Public Consultations on a Draft of the First Management Plan for Sirmilik National Park

Parks Canada is conducting public consultations on a draft of the first management plan for Sirmilik National Park. We would greatly appreciate and value your feedback by June 30TH, 2014.

Sirmilik National Park Enjoying the view in Sirmilik National Park
© Bradford White/ Parks Canada

Summary of Draft Management Plan

Sirmilik National Park is located in the North of Baffin Island, near the communities of Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik) and Arctic Bay (Ikpiarjuk). At 22,200 km2, it is among the largest national parks in Canada. It was established in 2001 and is co-operatively managed by Inuit and Parks Canada in accordance with the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement of Auyuittuq, Quttinirpaaq and Sirmilik National Parks and the Canada National Parks Act.

Two key strategies are proposed to guide the work for the foreseeable future in the management of the Park. Working with local Inuit communities is central to both strategies. Each key strategy will build on existing relationships in ways that enable the Agency to better carry out its mandate and enable communities of Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay to meet their aspirations.

Key Strategy 1: Developing Sirmilik National Park’s visitor experience program

Sirmilik National Park Ski Touring in Sirmilik National Park
© Parks Canada

This strategy focuses on developing visitor experience opportunities in Sirmilik National Park along with the tourism industry and the communities of Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay. The strategy aims at achieving the following:

  • increasing visitation to the park
  • diversifying visitor experience opportunities including through interpretive products and programs
  • respecting the wilderness experience sought by visitors
  • continuing to promote visitor safety
  • respecting Inuit harvesting and cultural activities
  • supporting tourism capacity development in Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay in collaboration with other organizations.

Key Strategy 2: Increasing knowledge of and awareness about Sirmilik National Park

The focus of this strategy is to enhance the knowledge base on the park, protect its ecosystems and cultural resources and build the connection of Canadians with the park. This strategy relies on the relationship between Parks Canada and the communities of Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay, and partnering or working closely with various organizations, including universities, the Canadian Wildlife Service and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, the Inuit Heritage Trust.

Sirmilik National Park A Wonderful Day
© Parks Canada

This will result in increased awareness of the park to partners, potential visitors and the general public. The strategy aims at achieving the following:

  • pursuing inventories, research and monitoring of ecosystems and cultural resources, including oral histories and Inuktitut place names
  • collecting and using Inuit knowledge on an ongoing basis
  • determining the heritage value and identifying the cultural affiliation of cultural resources
  • enhancing the relationship between Parks Canada and the communities of Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay including through activities in the park for youth
  • helping to bridge the gap between researchers and the communities
  • developing outreach and education products and programs on the park for residents of Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay and other Canadians, including using the Parks Canada website.

What Information is Available?

How to Participate?

Schedule of Public Events

Meetings in person will take place in Pond Inlet, Arctic Bay and Iqaluit with stakeholders and the general public. There will also be radio call-in shows. The schedule of these meetings is as follows:
April 30th, 2014: Pond Inlet
May 7th, 2014: Arctic Bay
May 12th to May 14, 2014: Iqaluit
June 30th, 2014: Online consultations

Online Comment Card

Use the Online Comment Card to submit your input electronically.

By Mail

Download the comment card (PDF, 209 KB)

And mail to the following address:

Denis Dufour M. ATDR
Manager
Management Planning Operation
Strategic Planning and reporting Branch
Parks Canada
3, Passage du Chien-d'or
P.O. Box 200
Québec, QC
G1R 3Z8

denis.dufour@pc.gc.ca
Telephone 418-649-8204
Facsimile 418-648-4747

How to Contact Us

If you have any additional questions or if you would like to details on the collection and use of the information in this comment form, please contact:
Denis Dufour M. ATDR
Manager
Management Planning Operation
Strategic Planning and reporting Branch
Parks Canada
3, Passage du Chien-d'or
P.O. Box 200
Québec, QC
G1R 3Z8

denis.dufour@pc.gc.ca
Telephone 418-649-8204
Facsimile 418-648-4747

Deadline for feedback: June 30th 2014