Participants at a caribou workshop in Iqaluit have agreed to come up with a draft caribou management plan for Baffin Island.
Representatives from hunters and trappers' organizations, Inuit groups and elders met for the last two days in the capital at a workshop organized by the government.
All of the participants share the concern over the low number of caribou on Baffin Island, and now they’re trying to come up with solutions.
Glenn Williams, the Wildlife Advisor for Nunavut Tunngavik, said there are two options: the first is where HTOs and regional wildlife management organizations put management measures in place for Inuit harvesting.
"The second method of management is a more conventional one that's used all around the world," he said.
Many suggestions came out of the workshop, such as preventing the hunt of female caribou between February and August, banning the sale of caribou for a certain periods of time, and only giving the hunters and trappers’ organizations the right to hand out caribou tags.
Drikus Gissing, the Nunavut government's director of Wildlife Management, said officials were listening closely to what hunters and elders had to say.
"They all realize that they have an obligation to meet under the land claim agreement, and our intent is to work with them and assist them if possible to meet their obligations," he said.
Organizers will now write up a report and come up with a draft management plan for Baffin Island caribou in the fall.
They also want to consult with the communities to get their opinions.