Kativik Regional Government

A new initiative for the JBNQA Beneficiaries

Kuujjuaq, Québec, March 27, 2017 The Kativik Regional Government (KRG) and Nunavik Parks are pleased to announce the new Nunavik Parks Beneficiary Access Initiative (NPBAI) established to encourage and facilitate access by beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA) to the different national parks in Nunavik.

The NPBAI helps to reduce fees and transportation costs for school groups, youth, elders or any JBNQA beneficiary interested in exploring and discovering the treasure these lands protect. In addition to preferential prices for park’s services and activities, beneficiaries could receive travel incentives on flights to get from all Nunavik communities to the park gateway communities of Kangiqsujuaq, Kangiqsualujjuaq and Umiujaq (regular scheduled flights) as well as to and from a park by chartered flights.

Funded through revenue generated by Nunavik Parks’ activities, the goal of the NPBAI is to increase the number of JBNQA beneficiaries visiting national parks in Nunavik. This represents an opportunity to keep increasing the number of park visitors, which doubled from 2014 to 2016.

“This is a tangible response to Nunavimmiut of all ages who want to experience more of what our great parks have to offer while contributing to preserve their land for future generations,” explained Patrick Graillon, Assistant Director for Parks with the KRG Renewable Resources, Environment, Lands and Parks Department.

Nunavik parks are vast territories protecting the natural features, landscapes and wildlife of the region. The thriving environment of the George River plateau, the pristine waters of Pingualuit crater, the valley of the Koroc River in the Torngat Mountains, the diverse plants and wildlife of Lake Tasiujaq, and the powerful Nastapoka Falls are but a few examples.

For more information on the Nunavik Parks Beneficiary Access Initiative, contact the visitor experience officer of the park you wish to visit or write to . You can also visit Nunavik Parks’ Facebook page or website (http://www.nunavikparks.ca/en/nunavik-parks-beneficiary-access-initiative).

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Jean-Philippe Dubois Lucile Drouineau

Communications coordinator

Kativik Regional Government

Customer Service and Marketing Agent Nunavik Parks
Tel. 819-964-2961, ext. 2219 Tel. 819-964-2961, ext. 2333
| www.krg.ca

Nunavik Parks is dedicated to protecting exceptional features of the natural environment and representative landscapes from encroaching human activity that includes non-renewable resource exploitation. National park protection focuses on conservation through enhanced educational and recreational opportunities for Nunavimmiut and travellers from around the world. In Nunavik’s national parks, Inuit maintain their right to practise subsistence harvesting activities. In fact, the practice of traditional activities form part of the region’s unique park experience.

The Kativik Regional Government is a public organization created in 1978 under the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement. The organization has jurisdiction over nearly the entire territory of Québec north of the 55th parallel in areas such as municipal matters, transportation, the environment, policing, employment, labour training, income security, childcare services, renewable resources, land-use planning, civil security and economic development.