Celebrations of the 15th Anniversary of Nunavik Parks: The inauguration of a new exhibit room
The Elder Tivi Etok inaugurating the Exhibit Room
June 6, 2019 -Celebrations marking the 15th anniversary of Nunavik Parks were held last week on June 6 in Kangiqsualujjuaq where the new Parks Exhibit room at the Interpretation Centre was inaugurated.
Visitors and dignitaries were taken on panoramic flight tours of the Kuururjuaq and Ulittaniujalik parks for breathtaking views of some of the most beautiful landscapes in Nunavik.
It was in January 2004 when the Québec government created the Parc national Pinqualuit, the first national park in Nunavik. Since then the Kativik Regional Government continued to play a major role in ensuring the growth and prosperity of what has become one of the most important institutions for the protection of our land and environment in Nunavik.
Today Nunavik Parks oversees the operations of four national parks that are now at the forefront of the KRG’s commitment to environmental protection and sound economic development.
This includes protecting the land against unrestricted industrial development, the creation of more than 30 full-time employees, the injection of $5-million annually in the Nunavik economy, a window for the outside world to discover the Inuit way of life and an important opportunity for youth, elders and park staff to share and preserve traditional skills and stories
The opening celebrations were launched in Kuujjuaq in February. The importance of the Kuururjuaq and Ulittanulujalik parks were highlighted this week. In July, other celebrations will take place in Kangiqsujuaq and will draw the attention on the Pingualuit Park and its iconic crater. In August, events will be held to mark the beauty of the Tursujuq Park and its impact on the four neighbouring communities of Umiujaq, Kuujjuaraapik and, Whapmagoostui and Inukjuak.
In the fall the Parks Harmonisation Committee will hold community feasts in the three Parks Interpretation Centers.