CMAPS promotes sealing industry

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Minister Tootoo and Premier Taptuna are shown a sealskin coat at the Northern Lights Trade Show in Ottawa in January. © Fisheries and oceans Canada

The federal government will provide $150,000 for the Certification and Market Access Program for Seals (CMAPS) to help promote Nunavut’s seal industry and open new markets in the European union. Some of the funds will also be used for a training program at Iqaluit’s Tukisigiarvik Society.

Fisheries Minister hunter Tootoo and Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna signed the agree ment January 28. It includes creating a certification and marketing system so that Inuit products, for example, can be officially recognized and legally imported in Eu-member countries.