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NunatuKavut Community Council

The Nunatukavut Community Council (NCC) represents close to 6000 southern Inuit, who reside primarily in 12 communities along the coast of central and southern Labrador. The primary goal of the organization is the sustainable development of it’s Natural Resources to ensure fish, wildlife, game, forestry and mining are harvested with conservation in mind, that meet the community needs. Followed by the economic expansion and the survival of the communities. NCC is dedicated to taking an active role (at every level) in conservation, environmental, protection and the recovery of interested species within and adjacent to our traditional territory. The southern Inuit of NCC annually harvest birds, trap fur bearing animals, cut fire wood, fish for salmon (as well as other aquatic species), pick berries and hunt seals just to name a few of important historical cultural activities to our elders. These are obvious ties that distinctly connect us to the land, sea and ice, that have formed the very core of who we are. Making us strong and proud people, explicitly dependent on our natural environment.

NCC works with a wide variety of partners including; Federal Government, our community leaders, elders, harvesters, academics and other like minded organizations to plan, prioritize, monitor and implement projects related to coastal restoration by collecting and incorporating traditional indigenous knowledge in conjunction with western science. During the data collection of specific species, information related to other important species such as sea birds, marine mammals and fur bearing animals may be collected and considered in the broader ecosystem interests. We view it in a holistic interpretation that is all interconnected. This knowledge can then be used to guide the strategic restoration of key coastal habitats including rivers and estuaries that are important to the survival of important species like salmon, trout, char, cod and capelin. The subsequent restoration and protection of habitats of priority species contributes to the overall conservation of other species with a bottom-up benefit philosophy that improves marine ecosystems and ultimately the health of coastal communities.