N-CAMP IN CORAL HARBOUR
After weather hindered an earlier visit in 2012, the N-CAMP team arrived in the community in late March, 2013. We met with the local Hunters and Trappers Organisation, members of the Kivalliq Inuit Association, and teachers. We also sponsored a community meeting on 21 March that was attended by many interested community members and stakeholders. Support for the program was high, and our team asked for views and opinions while answering questions about how the program would work. During these meetings there were many queries regarding how N-CAMP can help the community to set up a commercial fishing operation. Individuals were pleased with the program and how it had been presented to the community, and expressed the view that further steps should be undertaken in such a way that Inuit cultural values guide the program, and its implementation. These community meetings are designed to ensure that this is what happens. The program plans to introduce the Fisheries Module in 2014, training individuals to monitor fish stock health in accordance with traditional values.
How does N-CAMP address community concerns regarding fish and water quality?
Coral Harbour, as do the other communities participating in N-CAMP, depends on local marine life for food and for its economy. Inhabitants have demonstrated interest in pursuing a commercial fishery, and have an exploratory license. In the past there has been much fishing in nearby Canyon River and its associated lakes, as well as at Cape Donovan and the Thompson and Cleveland Rivers. As Coral Harbour moves towards the establishment of a viable fishery, N-CAMP can provide needed support by investigating the health of local fish stocks and training local residents in the sampling procedures needed to maintain a fishery. The development of a tourism industry centered on hunting and fishing in the region will also benefit from the program.