Tallurutiup Imanga: a final boundary for Canada's largest protected area at Lancaster Sound in Nunavut

The Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association recently announced an agreement on the final boundary for a future national marine conservation area (NMCA) in Tallurutiup Imanga / Lancaster Sound.

Tallurutiup Imanga / Lancaster Sound is an area rich in biodiversity and used by Inuit since time immemorial. The NMCA will be a major step towards meeting Canada’s target of protecting 5 percent of its marine and coastal areas by 2017 and 10 percent by 2020. Once completed, with an Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement in place, the NMCA will contribute about 2 per cent towards these targets.

Explore this breathtaking Arctic landscape where narwhals live side by side with thousands of seabirds in an area adjacent to vibrant Inuit communities and majestic fjords and glaciers.

Where is Tallurutiup Imanga / Lancaster Sound?

Located at the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage, Tallurutiup Imanga / Lancaster Sound has been home to Inuit for generations.

Why protect Tallurutiup Imanga / Lancaster Sound?

An NMCA would conserve this vital ecosystem and ensure that human activities are environmentally sustainable.

Use of Inuit traditional knowledge

Inuit traditional knowledge and contemporary science work together to give us an understanding of the land and wildlife.

Ecological values

Tallurutiup Imanga / Lancaster Sound is the ecological engine of the entire eastern Canadian Arctic marine ecosystem.

Did you know?
  • Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound is an area that has been used since time immemorial by the Inuit. Inuit Qauijimajatuqangit (traditional knowledge) will inform future decision making for the management and protection of the NMCA and the NMCA will protect Inuit harvesting rights guaranteed under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement while also ensuring the protection of species at risk.
  • Tallurutiup Imanga/Lancaster Sound would be the biggest protected area ever established in Canada, with an area of 109,000 square kilometers. When combined with adjacent protected areas like Sirmilik National Park, the Prince Leopold Island Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and the Nirjutiqavvik National Wildlife Area the combined protected area reaches 131,000 square kilometres -- an area twice the size of the Province of Nova Scotia.

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