Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your visit to Sirmilik National Park
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The latest information you need to know about your visit to Sirmilik National Park
Pursuant to subsection 7(1) of the National Park General Regulations and 12(1) of the National Historic Parks General Regulations, the following sites are hereby temporarily closed for all persons not exercising harvesting rights under the Nunavut Agreement by Order of Superintendent, Nunavut Field Unit.
Where: Auyuittuq, Sirmilik, Qausuittuq, Quttinirpaaq and Ukkusiksalik National Parks, and the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site, including all terrestrial and marine areas. See attached map.
When: March 18, 2020 until at least January 31, 2021.
Why: In the interest of protecting the health and safety of visitors, Nunavummiut and employees as the country responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, Parks Canada will focus on basic critical operations.
COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND PARKS CANADA CLOSURES IN NUNAVUT
The health and safety of Canadians, Nunavummiut and employees is of the utmost importance to Parks Canada.
On March 18, through a Superintendent’s Order Parks Canada closed Auyuittuq, Sirmilik, Ukkusiksalik, Qausuittuq and Quttinirpaaq National Parks, and The Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site to visitors, and researchers. As announced on June 11, Parks Canada acted on the advice from joint Inuit / Government Planning and Management Committees, including the Franklin Interim Advisory Committee, to extend this temporary closure until at least January 31, 2021. Inuit may continue to access the parks for rights-based activities under the Nunavut Agreement during this time.
During this closure, emergency response capabilities within the national parks and national historic site remain constrained. Inuit accessing national parks and the national historic site for rights-based activities, do so at their own risk. Parks Canada employees will work alongside local, territorial and municipal search and rescue organizations in the event of an emergency call for service. Any individuals requiring emergency service from Parks Canada call Jasper Dispatch at 1-877-852-3100 or 1-780-852-3100 (for satellite phones).
Research activities are not permitted during this closure. Parks Canada is evaluating planned research and work objectives slated for this year and will explore implementing mitigating measures to achieve these objectives in alignment with public health guidance. Research and monitoring activities within Parks Canada places that employ the use of remote sensing technology will continue to collect information during this closure.
Parks Canada recognizes that these closures have impacts on many including outfitters, artists, Inuit firms, and service providers. Future actions regarding the re-opening of Auyuittuq, Sirmilik, Ukkusiksalik, Qausuittuq and Quttinirpaaq National Parks, and the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site will be done in alignment with municipal, territorial and federal public health guidance, and upon consideration of advice from joint Inuit / Government planning and management committees.
Persons contravening this closure may be subject to prosecution under the Canada National Parks Act; maximum fine $100 000.
Parks Canada is working with our partners to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
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