Protecting the Arctic Ocean’s Marine Inhabitants
Due north of the hamlet of Cape Dorset, Nunavut, lies the Arctic Ocean’s Lancaster Sound. Lancaster Sound is the eastern entrance to the Northwest Passage and it’s marine inhabitants have sustained Inuit life forever. Whales, walruses, polar bears and many other species have been abundant in numbers for centuries but are now in need some help to preserve and conserve their populations. The obvious risks of climate change and industrial development in the arctic need to be mitigated for these species to become abundant once again.
Since 2009, The Pew Charitable Trusts and it’s Ocean’s North Canada Project, have been supporting and promoting the creation of a national marine conservation area in Lancaster Sound. This proposed conservation area would encompass 48,000 sq. kilometres which is twice the size of Canada’s Lake Erie (one of the five Great Lakes). A marine conservation are in Lancaster Sound would greatly sustain and grow the sea life population in this critical arctic marine ecosystem which in turn would continue to sustain Inuit life that is so reliant on these species for food, shelter and clothing. As a means of expressing their love of and dependency on marine life, Inuit art captures marine life from the perspective of the Inuit people. It illustrates the diversity for all to enjoy.
The Ocean’s North Canada project just released a short 4 minute film that is intended to share with everyone, the natural beauty of the region and it’s importance to Inuit life. The film titled “The Arctic Heritage and Beauty of Tallurutiup Tariunga (Lancaster Sound)”, was named as a finalist at the Banff Film Festival, where it screened November 7 – 8, 2015.