In April of 2009, renewable resource officers were re-designated uumajuit wardens to better reflect their wildlife conservation role. This program was initiated by the KRG in 2004 further to the wildlife protection assistant mandate under the Agreement concerning Block Funding for the Kativik Regional Government (Sivunirmut Agreement)and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program. The multi-disciplinary approach combines marine mammal conservation aims (federal jurisdiction) with terrestrial and freshwater wildlife protection aims (provincial jurisdiction). In particular, Uumajuit wardens maintain daily contact with harvesters and other community members and keep reports on harvesting and wildlife activities.
The Department is also responsible for coordinating KRG participation on the Hunting, Fishing and Trapping Coordinating Committee established under Section 24 of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement.