MONTREAL, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW/ - Today at Umiujaq in Nunavik,
Yves-François Blanchet, the new Minister of sustainable development,
the environment, wildlife and parks (MDDEFP), announced the creation of
Tursujuq National Park. The Canadian Boreal Initiative (CBI) would like
to commend the cooperative efforts of all stakeholders, which allowed
for the creation of Quebec's largest national park.
For more than 10 years, various stakeholders and Aboriginal groups have
contributed to the project, 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.
"We consider the creation of this park by way of a cooperative process
with the Inuit and Cree is a model for the establishment of parks and
protected areas throughout the boreal region," explained Valérie
Courtois, CBI's Senior Advisor, Aboriginal Relations.
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.
"Creation of this huge area, free of any industrial activity, represents
the first grand responsible gesture of the Marois Government, which we
hope will be part of a broader ecological planning process across the
North," noted Suzann Méthot, Regional Director, Quebec for CBI. "We
would like to see early 2013 as the start of this process, with the
participation of all Nations and communities of the North. Benefits of
such planning would include ensuring connectivity between the different
protected areas, and greater resilience to climate change."
About the Canadian Boreal Initiative
The Canadian Boreal Initiative brings together diverse partners to
create new solutions for the conservation and sustainable development
of the Boreal forest. It works as a catalyst by supporting
on-the-ground efforts, across the Boreal, by governments, industry,
Aboriginal nations, conservation groups, major retailers, financial
institutions and scientists.
SOURCE: Canadian Boreal Initiative
For further information:
Suzann Méthot, regional director - Québec - CBI (514) 792-1843