As western Nunavut caribou herds nosedive, Taloyoak seeks land protection – Nunatsiaq News

by ahnationtalk on September 27, 2019102 Views

“We don’t want to see any (mining) exploration on the Boothia Peninsula”

27 September, 2019

CAMBRIDGE BAY—The Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association of Taloyoak wants to protect the Boothia Peninsula in Nunavut’s Kitikmeot region from development.

“We don’t want to see any [mineral] exploration on the Boothia Peninsula,” said Joe Ashevak of the HTA at this week’s annual general meeting of the Kitikmeot Regional Wildlife Board.

That’s so the caribou can thrive there as they used to in the past, he said.

“The caribou population is in decline because of exploration,” Ashevak said.

His community of about 1,000 would rather invest in tourism, he said.

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