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Beluga Hunt Makivik Corporation will Monitor Closely the Disturbing Events that Occurred in Quaqtaq last week

Press release

Kuujjuaq, Quebec-November 15, 2012 – On November 8, officials of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) questioned Nunavik Inuit hunters from Kangirsuk, Tasiujaq and Aupaluk following a beluga hunt that took place in the vicinity of Quaqtaq.  The hunters were prohibited from bringing the meat and mataaq from seven harvested whales back to their communities, however it was distributed in Quaqtaq pursuant to consultation with mayoress Eva Deer.
Makivik Corporation finds the situation worrisome as it still gathers facts about the events.

Jobie Tukkiapik, the President of the Makivik Corporation, mentioned:  «What happened is disturbing.  Makivik will definitely follow up on this issue and look at how things were handled by DFO».

Although Makivik recognizes that the Nunavik Inuit are party to the Beluga Management Plan through the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board, there is obviously a need to improve on the way the Plan is implemented and communicated to the communities and the hunters.  Mr.Tukkiapik indicated that Makivik Corporation insists that Nunavik hunters and fishers respect the laws and quotas as well as abide by all decisions of the Nunavik Marine Region Wildlife Board (NMRWB) as accepted by DFO, the responsible ministry. At the same time he says that Makivik views the whole Beluga Quota System in Nunavik as a highly sensitive one for Nunavik Inuit harvesters. He says that he expects DFO to show some sensitivity when enforcing the quota system given that it was originally conceived to ensure a sustainable harvest while concurrently providing adequate distribution of resources to all Inuit communities in Nunavik.

In addition, Tukkiapik also expressed concern over the apparent lack of proper communication between the regional and local HFTAs and the community harvesters. He said that it is the mandate of the HFTAs to effectively communicate the decisions of the NMRWB and DFO to these harvesters to ensure proper compliance.

In conclusion Jobie Tukkiapik also mentioned:  «Nunavik Inuit have hunted belugas without restriction for thousands of years as a way of living and feeding the communities. One would expect that any Beluga Management Plan will require continuous adjustments and good faith in order for it to work for everyone in a sustainable way.»

For further information, please contact Stas Olpinski at 1-800-361-7052.

The Makivik Corporation is a not‐for‐profit corporation created pursuant to the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement(1975) and mandated to represent the social, political and economic interests and well-being of Nunavik . Makivik promotes the preservation of Inuit culture and language as well as the health, welfare, relief of poverty and education of Inuit in Nunavik communities.  Makivik is a signatory of the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement (NILCA).


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Head Office: Kuujjuaq
P.O. Box 179
Kuujjuaq, Quebec J0M 1C0
(819) 964.2925

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Phone: 1-819-254-1173
Fax: 1-819-254-1040

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Corporate Objectives

  • To receive, administer, distribute and invest the compensation money payable to Nunavik Inuit, as provided for in the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement;
  • To relieve poverty, to promote the welfare, advancement, and education of the Inuit;
  • To foster, promote, protect and assist in preserving the Inuit way of life, values and traditions;
  • To exercise the functions vested in it by other Acts or the Agreement; and
  • To develop and improve the Inuit communities and to improve their means of actions.
  • Makivik Mandate

    Politically, culturally and economically, Makivik has been a leader in building and developing a vibrant region called Nunavik, where, between the dualistic nations of Canada and Quebec, Inuit have established our own distinct place and identity.

    Makivik, which in Inuktitut means “To Rise Up,” is a fitting name for an organization mandated to protect the rights, interests and financial compensation
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