Imappivut
Expedition

Imappivut, an Inuttitut word that means “Our Oceans,” is a marine planning initiative in Nunatsiavut that focuses on community well-being and ocean conservation.

The underwater world off the coast of Nunatsiavut, Labrador, has long been important to Inuit communities. We set sail on an expedition to learn more about this special place.

Exploration

Explored culturally and ecologically significant coastal habitats of Nunatsiavut, Northern Labrador.

Science

Used cameras to visually survey the seafloor in coastal bays and fjords off the coast of Nain, Hebron and Okak.

Campaigning

Collaborated with Labrador Inuit to share knowledge, resources and expertise to help inform marine protection in Nunatsiavut, Northern Labrador.

In August 2019, Oceana Canada and the Nunatsiavut Government embarked on an expedition to explore the culturally and ecologically significant coastal habitats of Nunatsiavut in Northern Labrador.

During the 10-day expedition on the Leeway Odyssey research vessel, the team collected data and used drop and baited cameras to capture images and videos of habitats in coastal bays and fjords.

The expedition team shared knowledge, resources and expertise to survey and collect information south of Torngat Mountains National Park in the fjords and channels around Hebron and Okak, former Inuit communities of deep historical and cultural significance, and near Nain, which is home to the largest community in Nunatsiavut.

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    Oceana Canada


    Oceana Canada was established as an independent charity in 2015 and is part of the largest international advocacy group dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Oceana Canada has successfully campaigned to end the shark fin trade, make rebuilding depleted fish populations the law, improve the way fisheries are managed and protect marine habitat. We work with civil society, academics, fishers, Indigenous Peoples and the federal government to return Canada’s formerly vibrant oceans to health and abundance. By restoring Canada’s oceans, we can strengthen our communities, reap greater economic and nutritional benefits and protect our future.

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    Nunatsiavut Government


    The Nunatsiavut Government is an Inuit regional government that was created in 2005 with the signing of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement that established approximately 72,000 square kilometres of the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area, including 15,800 square kilometres of Labrador Inuit Lands and 48,690 square kilometres of coastal and marine areas.

    Imappivut means “Our Oceans” and was designed to represent the relationship that Labrador Inuit have with coastal and marine areas. The plan is guided by the values, knowledge, and interests of Labrador Inuit. Imappivut celebrates the connections Inuit have with the marine environment and works to contribute to the health and wellbeing of Labrador Inuit.

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