Tivi Etok - the wise man. Wakeham bay near kangiqsujuaq.Robert Fréchette, KRG
In addition to offering protection to exceptional features and representative landscapes, park development in Nunavik has always represented for the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) and the Inuit of the region a means of promoting economic development.
The KRG has been successfully introducing regional objectives into the park development process since the mid-1990s. Most recently, the KRG received a mandate through Québec’s national park network to co-ordinate the development of a number of proposed parks and to ensure the management of these parks following their creation.
This mandate is founded on the objectives stated in the Partnership Agreement on Economic and Community Development in Nunavik, signed in 2002. As well, the Agreement concerning Block Funding for the Kativik Regional Government, which entered into effect in April 2004, defines the KRG’s specific park planning and management roles in co-operation with local communities and the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs (sustainable development, environment and parks). The latter is responsible for the development and oversight of all of Québec's national parks, pursuant to the Parks Act.
Over the years, the KRG and the Makivik Corporation have been careful to ensure the protection of various rights guaranteed to Inuit under the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA) and attendant complementary agreements. One such right entitles Inuit beneficiaries of the JBNQA to continue to practise their traditional harvesting activities in the parks of Nunavik.
3.2.4 A person shall be entitled to be enrolled as a beneficiary under the Agreement and be entitled to benefit therefrom if on November 15, 1974 he or she was :
a person of Inuit ancestry who is recognized by one of the Inuit communities as having been on such date a member thereof, or
Source: «James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement and Complementary Agreements» 2006 Edition.