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From the Voices of Elders to the Policies of Government: Nunatsiavut Inuit Domestic Harvest and Distribution Study [Memorial University]

Memorial University of Newfoundland
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"The ensuring of traditional life styles and cultural values depend to a large extent on the sustainable exploitation of valued resources. Under the terms of the Land Claims Agreement of 2005, the Inuit government of Nunatsiavut may be required to provide Inuit Domestic Harvest Levels (IDHLs) or estimates of what level of resource harvesting on a species-by-species basis is required to protect and perpetuate traditional life styles and cultural values. Provision of such information requires a detailed and specific set of estimates of current harvest levels, the structure of the sharing or distribution network and the normative basis providing meaning and legitimacy to such activities. The current work ensures virtually every household in Northern Labrador coastal communities is being contacted to provide relevant information. This fact makes the research effort one of the largest and most extensive surrounding aboriginal collaborative management in Canada or in fact across the entire Northern Arctic, including Alaska, Greenland, Finmark and Siberia. "


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