Tursujuq: Park created through exemplary cooperation
Canadian Boreal Initiative release, 14 December 2012

MONTREAL, CANADA: For more than 10 years, various stakeholders and Aboriginal groups have contributed to the creation of Tursujuq National Park, including the Government of Quebec, the Kativik Regional Administration, Inuit and Cree elders and members of the villages of Umiujaq, Kuujjuarapik and Whapmagoostui, the Grand Council of the Crees, the Makivik Corporation, the Avataq Cultural Institute, members of the scientific community, CBI, CPAWS Quebec and the Pew Environment Group. Their willingness, knowledge and combined efforts allowed the park, which covers 26,100 km2 of land at the junction of the boreal forest and tundra, to finally see the light of day. Tursujuq National Park, which will be managed by the Kativik Regional Government, triples the total area of Quebec’s national parks. In addition, while enabling the Inuit and the Cree to practise their traditional subsistence activities, Tursujuq Park means the preservation of populations of species of concern. These include one of the world’s only populations of freshwater seals, endangered beluga whales of the East coast of Hudson Bay, the only population of salmon on the East coast of Hudson Bay, and polar bears. Read the release …

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