For as long as Inuit and Cree have inhabited the coastal region of Northern Quebec (Nunavik and Eeyou Istchee respectively) polar bears have been an important part of Inuit and Cree culture and livelihood. Inuit have used polar bear for food and clothing for millennia; the Crees of Eeyou Istchee, although less reliant on polar bear than Inuit, also place a high value on polar bears as social-cultural symbols. Accompanying these traditional usages and views have been traditional management practices that largely remain in place to this day.
This section includes two documents with are the result of years of complex negotiations and agreements for the sharing and management of polar bears in the Nunavik Marine Region.
1) Consultation Guide: Polar Bear Management Plan for Québec, the Eeyou Marine Region and the Nunavik Marine Region
2) Draft Polar Bear Management Plan for Québec, the Eeyou Marine Region and the Nunavik Marine Region 2017-2027