On August 1, 2019, the Government of Canada and the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) announced interim protection for Tuvaijuittuq and an Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement for the establishment of Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area.

This is the culmination of several years of collaboration between Inuit, the Government of Canada and conservation organizations. Not only does this agreement provide job creation and a collaborative governance model, but Canada now has protection measures in place for nearly 14% of its marine and coastal areas – more than 427,000 square kilometres. An area larger than Norway.

In this video the Students on Ice (SOI) Foundation speaks to leaders about the significance of this announcement and what this means for this vast area in the Canadian High Arctic and for the people who call it home. 

Learn more about the importance of conserving Tallurutiup Imanga for wildlife and Inuit in this video produced by SOI during the initial agreement announcement in 2017 in Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet), Nunavut.