Seven nations sign historic agreement

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An historic agreement between the seven Indigenous Nations that make up UPCART — the Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Round Table — was signed October 17.

The Agreement is to implement a Management Strategy for caribou in the George River and Leaf River herds, which inhabit the Ungava Peninsula, a vast area stretching over 1.5 million square kilometres. The Management Strategy titled, “A Long Time Ago in the Future: Caribou and the People of Ungava,” is the product of four years of unprecedented meetings between the seven nations.

Ungava Peninsula Caribou populations have been in steep declines since the 1990s. The George River Herd dropped from a peak of 770,000 to 9,000 at present. The Leaf River Herd has dropped from 628,000 in 2001 to 199,000 in 2016.

The UPCART membership is composed of the Inuit of Nunavik (represented by Makivik), the Inuit of Nunatsiavut (represented by the Nunatsiavut Government), the NunatuKavut Community Council, the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, the Grand Council of the Crees of Eeyou Istchee/Cree Regional Authority (GCCEI/CRA), the Innu Nation of Labrador, and all the Innu communities from the Quebec region.