The Uumajuit Program for wildlife protection is implemented further to the wildlife protection assistant mandate provided under the Agreement concerning Block Funding for the Kativik Regional Government (Sivunirmut Agreement) and a management agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (FOC) under its Aboriginal Aquatic Resource and Oceans Management Program.
The multi-disciplinary Uumajuit approach combines marine mammal conservation objectives (federal jurisdiction) with terrestrial and freshwater wildlife protection objectives (provincial jurisdiction). The responsibilities of Uumajuit wardens are set out in detail in the wildlife protection plan for Nunavik. The wardens maintain daily contact with harvesters and other community members, monitor sport fishing and hunting by non-beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement, make weekly reports on wildlife and harvesting activities, and hold regular telephone conference calls with Ministère des Fôrets, de la Faune et des Parcs (forests, wildlife and parks) wildlife protection officers and FOC fisheries officers.
The Department is promoting the creation of a long-term training program for Uumajuit wardens that includes mentoring as well as alternating training and work periods.