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QIA puts in place tourism operation fees for use of Inuit Owned Land

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 201913 Views

Iqaluit, Nunavut – October 9, 2019 – TheQikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) has implemented tourism operation fees for access to Inuit Owned Lands by commercial tourism operators.

“Inuit in Qikiqtani communities have expressed concern regarding the increased amount of commercial tourism activities in the region, particularly cruise ships,” says QIA President, P.J. Akeeagok, “QIA put in place these tourism operation fees to generate direct benefits for Inuit in communities impacted by tourism.”

The Qikiqtani Region receives the most cruise ship activity in Nunavut. Typically, tourism operations fail to generate significant direct benefits for communities.

Fifty per cent of these fees will go to the Hunters and Trappers Organization of the community adjacent to the Inuit Owned Land (IOL) being used.

Tourism operators will be given notice of the new fees associated with conducting tourism activities on Inuit Owned Land when they apply to access these areas.

The proposed tourism operation fees include:

Plane landing on IOL: $150/landing

Helicopter landing on IOL: $100/landing

Commercial guest access for camping on IOL: $50/Day

Commercial guest access for less than six hours on IOL: $25/Day

These fees are now in affect.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Sima Sahar Zerehi

Director of Communications

Qikiqtani Inuit Association

szerehi@qia.ca

(867) 975.8413

1.800.667.2742

NT5

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