Prime minister unveils new protected areas in Nunavut

Nunavut saw its protected areas grow by two Thursday after a visit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau billed the announcement in Iqaluit a part of his Liberal party’s strategy on climate change, leading up to the national election in October.

He said a new marine protected area near Arctic Bay would be known as the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Conservation Area, and a second area on the northwest coast of Ellesmere Island would be the Tuvaijuittuq Marine Protected Area.

Tuvaijuittuq means “the place where the ice never melts.”

Watch the full announcement here.

Video Journalist / Iqaluit

Kent has been APTN’s Nunavut correspondent since 2007. In that time he has closely covered Inuit issues, including devolution and the controversial Nutrition North food subsidy. He has also worked for CKIQ-FM in Iqaluit and as a reporter for Nunavut News North.