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Wildlife Management has a legislated mandate for the management of terrestrial wildlife species in Nunavut. In addition to the Nunavut Wildlife Act, Wildlife Management is responsible for fulfilling GN responsibilities under a wide range of federal legislation and both national and international agreements and conventions, including on-going responsibility for the co-management of Nunavut wildlife as obligated under the NLCA.
Terrestrial Wildlife Species of Nunavut
South Baffin Caribou
Wildlife management can be broken down into 5 basic components:
- Conduct wildlife research to improve our ability to make wildlife
resource management decisions.
- Develop wildlife management plans to ensure sustainable population
levels are maintained.
- Development of legislation related to wildlife resources.
- Ensure legislative and regulatory compliance through enforcement.
- Promote conservation of wildlife resources through environmental education.
2. Wildlife Management planning,
4. Operations & Enforcement,
5. Conservation education.
One of the primary goals of the Division is to achieve a balanced approach to wildlife management that meets legislative requirements, uses a blend of science and Inuit Quajimajatuqangit (IQ) and incorporates the values and needs of Nunavumiut.
Under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA), ultimate responsibility for wildlife management rests with the GN. However, responsibilities are shared with partners such as Nunavut Wildlife Management Board (NWMB), Regional Wildlife Organizations (RWO’s) and Hunters’ and Trappers’ Organizations (HTO’s). The NLCA places a number of specific obligations on the GN, with respect to wildlife management. The Wildlife Division is the lead GN agency responsible for implementing these obligations.
Implementation of the Nunavut Wildlife Act
Federal wildlife legislation in Nunavut:
- Migratory Birds Act
- Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA)
- Species-At-Risk Act
International agreements affecting wildlife management in Nunavut:
- Convention on Biodiversity
- Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species
- International Agreement on Humane Trapping Standards
- International Agreement on Conservation of Polar Bears and Their Habitat