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Park management plan

Park management plans are important documents that provide a long-term vision for our national parks by outlining key strategies for maintaining and improving the ecological integrity of the park, facilitating high quality visitor experience opportunities and conducting effective outreach, engagement and promotional activities. Every national park in Canada has a management plan and these plans are renewed every ten years.

Ukkusiksalik National Park is cooperatively managed with Inuit in accordance with the Nunavut Agreement and the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement for Ukkusiksalik National Park of Canada (IIBA). Parks Canada and the Park Management Committee have developed the first management plan for Ukkusiksalik National Park. This plan sets out how we will work together to take care of Ukkusiksalik as a living landscape with outstanding natural and cultural values and where stories of generations of Inuit continue to be shared.

Public consultation

Park Management plans are developed through consultation with Indigenous peoples, partners, stakeholders and the public. The public consultation process allows Parks Canada to achieve its mandate and adhere to the Agency’s guiding principles. This collaborative approach builds relationships, improves understanding and respects the traditions of those who have a connection to Parks Canada places. Management plans developed through public consultation achieve better results thanks to the support and understanding of Canadians.

The consultation process for Ukkusiksalik management plan is underway. Several representatives from Inuit communities and organizations as well as key stakeholder groups have provided input into the draft management plan. Issues and opportunities were identified and the draft plan was developed with the intent to gather more input from Canadians.

Your voice matters!

If you wish to provide feedback on the draft management plan, please email Ukkusiksalik.info@pc.gc.ca (please use “Consultation” in your subject line)
or
Ukkusiksalik consultation
P.O. Box 220
Repulse Bay, Nunavut
Canada, X0C 0H0

Feedback on the draft management plan will be accepted until the end of the public consultation period October 14, 2017.

Draft management plan 2017 (PDF, 4.6 MB)

Executive Summary

Ukkusiksalik National Park stretches inland from the northwestern shore of Hudson Bay, encompassing the waters of Wager Bay and the lands that surround it. Inuit from the communities of Baker Lake, Chesterfield Inlet, Coral Harbour, Naujaat (formerly known as Repulse Bay), and Rankin Inlet maintain ties to the land with Inuit from Naujaat and Coral Harbour having the closest historic ties to the Park (Map 1). “Ukkusiksalik”, an Inuktitut term, means “place where there is stone to carve pots and oil lamps”. The park encompasses an area of 20 885 km2 and is among the ten largest national parks in the country. The park was established in 2003 and is jointly managed by Inuit and Parks Canada in accordance with the Nunavut Agreement, the Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement for Ukkusiksalik National Park of Canada, and the Canada National Parks Act, its associated regulations and policies.

This management plan has been developed to enable implementation of specific articles in the IIBA while protecting, promoting and presenting natural and cultural heritage that is of national significance. The management plan, and the key strategies contained within, will be used as a tool for Inuit and the Government of Canada to manage Ukkusiksalik cooperatively, for the next ten years. Working with Inuit from the park’s adjacent communities is central to these strategies. Each key strategy builds on previous accomplishments in ways that enable Parks Canada to better carry out its mandate and enables the park’s adjacent communities to benefit from the presence of a national park.

KEY STRATEGY 1: INFRASTRUCTURE - Ensuring appropriate facilities are available for protection, presentation, and promotion of Ukkusiksalik National Park

Developing infrastructure and transmitting information to park users (Inuit, staff and visitors) are important for management.

KEY STRATEGY 2: LIVING LANDSCAPE - Strengthening people’s connections to Ukkusiksalik National Park

The strong connection of Inuit to the land, the importance of Inuit stories, and presenting and promoting the Park are encapsulated in this strategy.

KEY STRATEGY 3: GATHERING KNOWLEDGE - Collecting scientific information and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit in support of protecting, presenting, and promoting Ukkusiksalik National Park’s natural and cultural resources

Collecting scientific information and Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit to understand and manage the park are the focus of this strategy. The importance of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, research and monitoring is foundational for effective management.