Nunavut Marine Council
The Nunavut Marine Council (NMC) was established by Section 15.4.1 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA), which allows the Nunavut Impact Review Board, the Nunavut Water Board, the Nunavut Planning Commission and the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board to, together as the NMC, or individually advise and make recommendations to other government agencies regarding the marine areas of the Nunavut Settlement Area. Government must consider such advice and recommendations in making decisions which affect marine areas. The objective of the NMC is to ensure the ongoing protection and wise use of the marine areas for the long-term benefit of Inuit and the rest of the public of Nunavut and Canada, in a manner consistent with the principles of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. To achieve that objective, the NMC has developed a Business Case that describes:
- The physical, social, cultural, economic and organizational environment in which the Council is operating;
- Marine issues of particular importance to Nunavut; and
- Relevant details of the administration and operation of the NMC, and of the NMC’s plans to be an effective voice for Nunavut.
Many marine issues and concerns that are raised through the NIRB’s project-specific assessments mandate may also be brought forward by the NIRB to its partners on the Nunavut Marine Council for consideration.