In January 2004, the Québec government created the Parc national Pinqualuit, the first national park in Nunavik, marking the creation of Nunavik Parks. Since then the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) has continued to play a major role in ensuring the growth and prosperity of what has become one of the most important institutions for the protection of the land and environment in Nunavik.
Today Nunavik Parks oversees the operations of four national parks that are now at the forefront of the KRG’s commitment to environmental protection and sound economic development. This includes protecting the land against unrestricted industrial development, the creation of more than 30 full-time employees, the injection of $5-million annually in the Nunavik economy, a window for the outside world to discover the Inuit way of life and an important opportunity for youth, elders and park staff to share and preserve traditional skills and stories.
2019 marks the 15th anniversary of Nunavik Parks. Opening celebrations of the anniversary were launched in Kuujjuaq in February. The importance of the Kuururjuaq and Ulittanulujalik Parks were highlighted.
Various public presentations were held during the two-day event, including speeches from Pierre Dufour, Quebec Minister of Forest, Wildlife and Parks and Jennifer Munick, KRG Chairperson. All Nunavik Parks staff was reunited this week for conferences, training and workshops.
Celebrations continued June 6 in Kangiqsualujjuaq where the new Parks Exhibit room at the Interpretation Centre was inaugurated. Visitors and dignitaries were taken on panoramic flight tours of the Kuururjuaq and Ulittaniujalik Parks for breathtaking views of some of the most beautiful landscapes in Nunavik.
On July 11, residents of Kangiqsujuaq were given the opportunity to visit the Pingualuit National Park for its 15th anniversary. They were given a guided tour by plane of the Pingualuit Park to view the world-renowned crater, considered by many as an incredible site.
In August, events were held to mark the beauty of the Tursujuq Park and its impact on the four neighbouring communities of Umiujaq, Kuujjuaraapik, Whapmagoostui and Inukjuak.
For more information on Nunavik Parks, visit www.nunavikparks.ca.