Bill to create Nunavut's Qausuittuq National park passes unanimously
Canada's 45th national park will be located on Bathurst Island, northwest of Resolute
Bill C-72, the legislation creating Qausuittuq National Park, passed unanimously in the House of Commons Friday and is now on its way to the Senate.
"In addition to protecting one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the proposed new park will support local employment and business as well as contribute to the protection of Inuit cultural practices and traditional economy," said Leona Aglukkaq, Nunavut's MP and the minister responsible for Parks Canada, in a news release.
Qausuittuq will be Canada's 45th national park and will be located on part of Bathurst Island, northwest of Resolute, in the High Arctic.
In a news release, the government said the park will protect the area's cultural and natural heritage, including Peary caribou. It also said the establishment of the park will meet the conditions laid out in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, which include negotiation of an Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement.
Aglukkaq said Inuit will have a role in managing the park. The Qiqiktani Inuit Association says the park will provide jobs and financial benefits for people in Resolute.