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Saturday, April 05, 2003

One paper I try to follow on-line is Nunavut's Nunatsiaq News. There is a very interesting article New wildlife bill built on Inuktitut principles I found this morning which bears reading by everyone interested in fish and game management in Alaska. It is nice to see the integration of traditional values into civil law, even if it IS in Canada.

"Tenets of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit would guide application of proposed law"

As Nunatsiaq News reporter Jim Bell writes in the piece, "Nunavut’s proposed new wildlife act, Bill 35, builds on a solid Inuit base, encoding a set of Inuktitut concepts and principles to ensure the law is applied in ways that are consistent with Inuit culture.
"That means Bill 35, which received first and second reading last Friday in the legislative assembly, is the first major Nunavut-made law to define Inuit cultural values within its text.
" 'The bill addresses wildlife management in a way that fully takes into account Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit. Inuit values and principles must be followed in a way that makes the bill especially relevant to Nunavummiut,' a summary of the act states."

Bell explains that the Act contains a section entitled "Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit," a list of 13
"guiding principles and concepts" that must be used when applying the new wildlife law.

Looks to me like the leading example to date of co-management principles!

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