The Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement requires that a Regional Land Use Plan be developed to manage the use of land, water, and resources in the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area (LISA), including Labrador Inuit Lands.
A Regional Planning Authority (RPA) was established and developed a proposed Land Use Plan in accordance to the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement for the Beneficiaries of Nunatsiavut.
The draft Land Use Plan was developed through public consultations within all of the Inuit Communities, and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, North West River, Mudlake, and St. John’s. The RPA than appointed a commissioner to conduct public hearings throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and to make recommendations on the draft plan. The RPA considered the comments made by the commissioner and submitted a draft plan to both the Nunatsiavut Government and the provincial government for consideration.
The Land Use Plan was accepted in principle by the Nunatsiavut Executive Council. However, it has not yet been approved by the Nunatsiavut House of Assembly.
The Land Use Plan was submitted to provincial government in March 2011. To date, the proposed Land Use Plan has not yet been accepted by the province.
With the interests of our people, as well as the future of our region, in mind, the Nunatsiavut Government looks to the department of Lands and Natural Resources to sustainably manage our renewable and non-renewable resources.
Labrador Inuit Lands
With so many resources available within the Nunatsiavut region, proper management of the land in regard to both its use by our people and other partners is of great priority.
Land Use Planning
As part of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement, we have developed a Regional Land Use Plan to ensure proper management of our land, water, and resources.
Inuit Harvesting Rights
As a Beneficiary of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement, you have rights to harvest wildlife, plants, and fish within the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area.
Inuit Domestic Harvest
By reporting your harvesting activities to our department, you ensure the proper management of our resources and the future prosperity of our region.
Thanks to their cooperation, we are able to harvest within the Nunavik area, and we allow them to harvest within Nunatsiavut.
Mineral Exploration Standards
With a number of possible mineral sources already established within our region, and more to come, proper management and regulation of these resources is becoming an increasingly important part of the work of the department of Lands and Natural Resources.
Parks and Protected Areas
Containing one of Canada’s newest National Parks, as well as a number of other protected areas, Nunatsiavut is a rare region that should be experienced by all.
Through a number of boards, consisting of a variety of members from all interested parties, the department of Lands and Natural Resources takes part in the co-management of a variety of Nunatsiavut’s interests.