The Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Roundtable
September 21st, 2016
The Ungava Peninsula Caribou Aboriginal Roundtable (UPCART) is pleased to report that their sixth meeting held at Indian House Lake on the George River September 7th, 8th and 9th, 2016 was a success.
The UPCART significantly advanced its draft Management Strategy and is committed to adopting the Management Strategy by the end of the fall. The Management Strategy is intended to set the foundation for the management of the George River and Leaf River caribou herds. All Members expressed the importance of managing the Ungava herds for this generation and the next
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