Ivvavik National Park Management Plan 2018

Posted on April 17, 2019

Ivvavik National Park was established in 1984 through the provisions of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA). The IFA identified the boundaries and mandate of the park, and provided guidelines for its planning and management. Together Parks Canada and the Inuvialuit have worked to manage Ivvavik with attention to the spirit and intentions of the IFA. This continuing partnership, through bodies such as the Wildlife Management Advisory Council (North Slope), is central to the management and operation of the park and is integral to all aspects of this plan.

Firth River Pano

Ivvavik, meaning “a place for giving birth, a nursery,” is a name that recognizes the park’s significant role as the calving ground for the Porcupine caribou herd—a key traditional wildlife resource for the Inuvialuit and other Indigenous peoples for thousands of years. Ivvavik’s story reflects the connection between the people and the land and waters of which they are a part.

The vision of this plan reflects this special relationship and continues to value expanded knowledge about the park and its conservation. It honours the traditions, culture and aspirations of the Inuvialuit people and seeks to ensure continuing cultural traditions, and long lasting environmental conservation and economic benefits. Ivvavik is also recognized as a place of experiential learning for visitors about the land and its importance to Inuvialuit culture.

Four key strategies are identified to guide management of Ivvavik National Park during the life of this plan. The first aims to protect and conserve natural ecosystems, habitat, wildlife, cultural resources and Inuvialuit practices, based on the best available scientific and traditional knowledge. It recognizes the importance of a comprehensive knowledge base about the park that can be utilized regularly and effectively in management decision making. The second strategy encourages opportunities for use while respecting ecological and cultural values. As a remote wilderness, specific efforts will be needed to engage people visiting Ivvavik to access immersive and meaningful opportunities to experience the park and the culture of its traditional inhabitants. The third strategy ensures that meaningful and tangible opportunities will strengthen Inuvialuit benefits from park related economic activities and management. Emphasis in this strategy is placed on both direct benefits such as employment in park operations, as well as indirect benefits through park related business opportunities. The fourth strategy develops understanding and awareness of the significance of the park to global natural and cultural diversity through the sharing of knowledge and experience with others.

These strategies will guide the implementation of the plan through the next decade toward realizing the vision for Ivvavik National Park. 

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