Mandate & Objectives
The objectives of the planning process is to develop planning policies, priorities and objectives regarding the conservation, development, management and use of land within the NMR and to ultimately prepare land use plans which guide and direct resource use and development in the NMR and subsequently, the implementation of the land use plans.
The following principles shall guide the development of planning policies, priorities and objectives:
- People are a functional part of a dynamic biophysical environment, and land use cannot be planned and managed without reference to the human community; accordingly, social, cultural and economic endeavours of the human community must be central to land use planning and implementation;
- The primary purpose of land use planning in the NMR shall be to protect and promote the existing and future well being of those persons and communities resident in or using the NMR taking into account the interests of all Canadians; special attention shall be devoted to protecting and promoting the existing and future well-being of Nunavik Inuit and Nunavik Inuit Lands;
- The planning process shall ensure land use plans reflect the priorities and values of residents and users of the planning regions;
- The public planning process shall provide an opportunity for the active and informed participation and support of Nunavik Inuit and other residents or users affected by the land use plans; such participation shall be promoted through various means, including ready access to all relevant materials, appropriate and realistic schedules, recruitment and training of local Nunavik Inuit and other local residents and users to participate in comprehensive land use planning;
- Plans shall provide for the conservation, development and utilization of land;
- The planning process shall be systematic and integrated with all other planning processes and operations, including the impact review process contained in NILCA; and
- An effect land use planning process requires the active participation of both Government and Nunavik Inuit.
In developing planning policies, priorities and objectives, the NMRPC take into account the following factors:
- Economic opportunities and needs;
- Community infrastructural requirements, including housing, health, education and other social services, and transportation and communication services and corridors;
- Cultural factors and priorities
- Environmental protection and management needs, including wildlife conservation, protection and management; and
- Energy requirements, sources and availability.
The NMRPC has a clearly defined process defined in the NILCA and the NILCA Implementation Plan. The objective of planning within the Nunavik Marine Region (NMR) shall be:
- To develop planning policies, priorities and objectives regarding the conservation, development, management and use of land in the NMR;
- Consistent with paragraph (a), to prepare land use plans which guide an direct resource use and development in the NMR; and
- The implementation of land use plans.
Current Board Members
The NMRPC currently consists of four (4) members that were appointed as follows:
- Makivik Corporation appointed two (2) members
- The Government of Canada appointed one (1) member
- The Government of Nunavut appointed one (1) member
The size and makeup of the membership of the NMRPC may vary, but the Government of Canada and the Territorial Government have to recommend at least one (1) member each and Makivik Corporation can nominate members equal to the total number recommended by the Government.
|Government of Canada
Lorne McNeice was appointed by the federal government to sit on the Nunavik Marine Region Planning Commission. He has held this position since December 16, 2009.
Lorne was born and raised on a farm on the Saskatchewan prairies. His first career was with the Hudson’s Bay Company. He went on to take Engineering at the University of Saskatoon and became a Commissioned Land Surveyor for Alberta and a Commissioned Canada Lands Surveyor. He spent fifteen years surveying in the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Nunavut. In 1984 he joined the Surveyor General’s office in Yellowknife. He went on to become the Regional Surveyor for the NWT and later the Deputy Surveyor General for the North.
Lorne retired from the federal public service in 2008 and now resides in southern Manitoba on a small farm with his wife Julie. Their combined family of seven children and ten grandchildren live in western and northern Canada.
Lorne is an avid hunter and continues to enjoy hunting deer, antelope and upland birds in the adjoining provinces and states.
The office of the NMRPC is located in Kuujjuaq, Quebec. Currently the Board employs two staff members, a Regional Planner and an Administrative Assistant, both of which are shared with the Nunavik Marine Region Impact Review Board (NMRIRB).