The climate crisis is changing the face of the Arctic as we know it, and putting people’s livelihoods at risk. We need to act, and that’s what we’re doing today by adding more than 427,000 square kilometres to Canada’s marine protected areas.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced plans to create a new protected area off the Nunavut coast, which the government says will help it exceed its target of protecting 10 per cent of marine areas by 2020.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — along with Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq and president of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association P.J. Akeeagok — unveiled plans to create the new Tuvaijuittuq (meaning “the place where the ice never melts”) marine protected area off northern Ellesmere Island this morning during a stop in Iqaluit. He also announced the completion of a national marine conservation area near the hamlet of Arctic Bay.
The order bans new or additional human activities in the area for up to five years, but still allows Inuit to hunt and fish. There are also exceptions for emergency activities, some scientific research and “certain activities carried out by a foreign national, entity, ship or state.”