From Ottawa to the Torngat Mountains: Environment minister tours Inuit-led park

Friday, 11 August 2017, 03:27:20 PM. Canada's Environment and Climate Change Minister is raving about her experience touring one of this country's best kept secrets: the Torngat Mountains.
Canada's Environment and Climate Change Minister is raving about her experience touring one of this country's best kept secrets: the Torngat Mountains. Catherine McKenna visited the national park — which is fully operated by Inuit — last week; she told CBC News it was important to meet with people living off the land to see what the park has to offer. The beautiful #TorngatMountainsNP is an #Inuit homeland, and is proudly managed by Inuit staff! I was honoured to visit & learn from them pic.twitter.com/0S2Z4HnERj — @ec_minister The mountains are the ancestral home of the Labrador Inuit and are located about 200 kilometres from Nain, Labrador's most northern community.  While she was visiting the area, McKenna said she was accompanied by Natan Obed, the president of the national Inuit organization, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. "He was able to tell me really about the Inuit experience in the park, so I could learn a lot more about our history — which is a lot longer than 150 years, that's for sure — and really understand the Inuit connection with the land," she said. During her trip, McKenna said she watched as the Inuit hunted seals, caught and prepared arctic char and provided for themselves off the land. Climate change a growing concern The visit was also an important opportunity for McKenna to see firsthand the effects of climate change in the north. "We see it [across the country] in floods. We now have forest fires, we have droughts. But in the arctic, that's the canary in...Read more
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