Nunatsiavut’s Lands and Natural Resources Minister Glen Sheppard is advising Beneficiaries of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement that they can still harvest caribou in the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area.
“We understand that many Beneficiaries have not been successful in harvesting caribou this winter because of unusual migration patterns,” says Minister Sheppard. “In light of this, it is important that Beneficiaries have the opportunity to avail of this important food source.”
The Nunatsiavut Government had recommended a season closing date of April 15 for LISA.
“I want to thank Beneficiaries for taking the lead in protecting this valuable resource by following our recommendations for conservation,” says the Minister. “However, we didn’t anticipate the caribou migration into LISA would be so late in the year, and we want to make sure our people are comfortable in exercising their right to harvest as per the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.”
The Nunatsiavut Government is still recommending that only two caribou be harvested per household. Harvesters are also encouraged to assist with collecting biological samples of caribou by obtaining special kits from Nunatsiavut Government conservation officers.