Parks and Heritage
The Parks and Special Places division is responsible for planning, establishment, management, operation and promotion of Mirnguiqsirviit – Nunavut’s territorial parks and special places.
Nunavut’s parks and special places are important destinations and attractions for Nunavummiut and our visitors. They showcase our rich natural and cultural heritage locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; strengthen and support local Inuit cultures and communities through promotion and development of land-based activities; and stimulate pursuit of traditional activities through Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit.
Parks and Special Places, through the Umbrella Inuit Impact and Benefits Agreement (IIBA) for Territorial parks and sections in the NLCA pertaining to Nunavut Parks, are planned and managed jointly and are founded on sound and comprehensive resource information, Inuit Qaujimajangit, local and scientific knowledge, and current technological and geospatial information.
For more information regarding the establishment of a new territorial park please click here.
The objectives of the Parks and Special Places division are to:
- Protect Nunavut's natural and cultural landscapes. Nunavut's Territorial Parks and Special Places system identifies, protects and promotes Nunavut's natural and cultural heritage; its biodiversity and integrity; and its significant, unique and valued natural and cultural landscapes and resources.
- Engage the community in conservation and heritage appreciation. Nunavut's Territorial Parks and Special Places engage residents and visitors, and foster pride, understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of the territory's diverse and unique natural and cultural heritage.
- Enhance visitor experiences. Nunavut's Territorial Parks and Special Places promote opportunities for appropriate, safe and accessible recreation and increased public enjoyment and educational opportunities consistent with the protection of the natural and cultural values; and are important destinations and attractions for Nunavummiut and visitors and provide direct and indirect economic benefit to communities.
The Parks and Special Places division is divided into three main program areas.
This involves the development of a Park and Special Places program and system plan; legislation, regulations and policy development; communications and promotion; advising on park feasibility, planning and management; and coordinating divisional research needs. The Program Development section also contributes to conservation and sustainable land management through involvement in land use planning, development review and community stewardship programs.
Operations and Planning
Operations and Planning is responsible for the division’s asset and equipment planning, park operations, and visitor services at territorial parks, campgrounds, trails, visitor and interpretive centers and Heritage Rivers.
Geospatial Information and Land Tenure
Geospatial Information and Land Tenure involves the development, implementation, management and operation of the division’s Geographic Information System (GIS); maintaining accurate land tenure and descriptions for parks and special places; management and maintenance of the department’s geospatial database; and provision of geographic information system products and services to the division, the department, other GN departments, and to external clients.
The intent is to provide residents and visitors with an opportunity to understand the park's purpose, and the role of Territorial Parks within Nunavut, and may include curriculum-based educational programs, non-personal services, and community outreach.