Who We Are
Photo by Felix Willie
Photo by Felix Willie
The NMRPC is an Institution of Public Government (IPG) established under the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement (NILCA) with the mandate to develop, implement and monitor a Nunavik Marine Region Marine Use Plan (NMRMUP) and to review all project proposals for the Nunavik Marine Region (NMR). The NMRPC also contributes to the development of broader Canadian Arctic policy.
The NILCA is the penultimate reference for NMRPC governance and defines the roles and responsibilities of The Commission.
The Commission is made up of five or more Commissioners who are nominated by the signatories to the NILCA and appointed to the NMRPC by the Minister of Crown and Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC). Commissioners collectively oversee the work and responsibilities of the NMRPC. While the bulk of the work and day-to-day operations are delegated to staff and others, it is the duty of the Commissioners to ensure the NMRPC fulfills its mandate and to nurture the NMRPC’s success as an organization.
The Commission depends heavily on the involvement of its planning partners and strives to work inclusively with all stakeholders within the NMR. Planning partners for the NMRPC include the signatories to the NILCA (Makivik, Government of Nunavut and the Federal Government) as well as individuals, groups, and organizations (either public or private), who have an interest in the social, cultural, economic and environmental impacts and benefits associated with marine use in the Nunavik Marine Region and who are interested in participating in the marine use planning process.
For added clarity planning partners may include any or all the following:
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The Nunavik Marine Region includes the offshore region abutting northern Quebec and northern Labrador, including James Bay, Hudson Bay, Hudson Strait and Ungava Bay. The NMR boundary includes areas of equal use and occupancy with the Inuit of Nunavut, overlapping interest areas with the Cree of Eeyou Itschee and the Nunavik Inuit/Labrador Inuit Overlap Areas. Therefore, communication, consultation and engagement with all planning partners, including the adjacent Indigenous Peoples and communities who have overlapping and shared rights with the NMR, are of vital importance to the success of the NMRPC.