Inuit-led Land Use Planning is Good for Nunavut and Canada.
Building Healthier Communities
Protecting and Sustaining the Environment
Encouraging Sustainable Economic Development
Encouraging Conservation Planning
For The Future.
Get To Know the Plan
- The NLUP has been in development since 2007 and is a requirement of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) originally signed in 1993, which grants Inuit in this region rights to manage land and sea in the largest territory of the Canadian Arctic.
- The NLCA provides for Inuit co-management through institutions of public government such as the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, the Nunavut Impact Review Board, the
Nunavut Water Board, and the Nunavut Planning Commission.
- Once approved and Implemented the NLUP will be the largest regional land use plan in the World and will provide protection for animals that Inuit depend on while providing certainty for investment from industry.
- The current draft NLUP has been developed over 13 years of engagement with Inuit communities organizations and stakeholders.
- For the NLUP to be implemented, the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut, and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. must all approve of and sign the plan.
What People Are Saying
The release of the largest land use plan in the World is something to be proud of. It shows that northerners can teach much of the world about relationships with nature and can use the Land Use Plan to support and benefit local communities and manage globally impactful biodiversity that will be good for the entire world”.
Steven NitahFormer Chief of Lutsel K’e Dene First Nation,
President/CEO of Densoline Corporation,
Chief Negotiator for LKDFN on the establishment of Thaidene Nene National Park and Reserve
“We should all be grateful for the leadership that Inuit have shown, from the community level right on up, as mandated by the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement. They have demonstrated what can be achieved when people are regarded as fully part of their environment, not apart from it, and the rest of the world has much to learn from this example.”
Monte Hummel, O.C.President Emeritus,
“The NLUP has the potential to conserve one of the most important Arctic wildlife species, namely migratory barren-ground caribou, especially by protecting critical habitat such as calving grounds. We have made the mistake of not doing this sufficiently elsewhere in Canada, for example for boreal caribou, but we still have the chance to do it right in Nunavut.”
Justina RayPresident and Senior Scientist,
Wildlife Conservation Society Canada
Interventions during community and stakeholder consultations, and written submission to the 2016 Draft NLUP
This is a beneficial process. This has to be established under the Land Claim. We will not be satisfied with every detail, but we will be able to work together using the Land Use Plan. It will impact us how we are progressing and how we are to protect our land…. Let us put it together collaboratively.”
NTI Vice President, Closing Remarks, Qiqiktani Regional Public Hearing, March 2017
16-166E-2017-07-14 – NPC Qikiqtani Regional Public Hearing Transcript.pdf page 422
“The mining companies – We don’t want to say no, but we also want to be consulted in view that [the wildlife] may be disturbed too much,
because this has a lot of caribou. Again, it has a lot of mineral potential… If they want to do the exploration, we want to have a constant voice. We just don’t want to be yes-men.”
Hall Beach HTO and QIA Lands Dept
16-166E-2017-07-14 – NPC Qikiqtani Regional Public Hearing Transcript.pdf page 164
“Without protection of these… areas, the Nunavut Land Use Plan will fail in its goal to protect and promote the well-being of all of Nunavut’s residents as a primary purpose of land use planning under Article 11 of the Nunavut Agreement”
Wildlife Board Written Submission, November 2018
16-215E-2018-11-26-QWB and HTOs Submission – WS 33 – Community Area of Interest – Multiple Values Area Hall Beach.pdf page 1
The Friends of Land Use Planning is a collection of individuals who support Indigenous-led land use planning across large landscapes in Canada.
Regional Public Hearings
Public hearing and consultations run from September 12 to November 19, 2022:
Sept 12 – 15 Luke Novoligak Community Hall, Cambridge NU
Sept 19 – 23 Singiituq Complex, Rankin Inlet NU
Sept 26 – 27 Royal Canadian Legion, Thompson, MB
Oct 24 – 27 Community Hall, Pond Inlet, NU
Nov 14 – 19 Cadet Hall, Iqaluit, NU