Beneficiaries of Nunatsiavut have the right to harvest wildlife and plants in the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area. Beneficiaries are able to harvest throughout the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area at all times of the year up to their level of need, unless restricted by:

  • Inuit laws under section 12.7 of the LILCA;
  • Restrictions imposed for purposes of Conservation under Laws of General Application; or
  • Federal Laws on firearms control.

The Nunatsiavut Government administers harvesting rights and responsibilities for Labrador Inuit Land. The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador administers harvesting rights and responsibilities outside the Labrador Inuit Lands, and for species which cross boundaries. The Government of Canada administers harvesting rights and responsibilities for migratory birds and marine fish and mammals.

If there is no Total Allowable Harvest established, Inuit have the right to harvest as much wildlife and plants as they need for their family for food, shelter, social, and ceremonial purposes, anywhere in the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area, at any time of the year.

If there is a conservation concern, the provincial government may set out a total allowable harvest for a particular species. The total allowable harvest is based on scientific understanding of the species population and how much harvest the population can sustain. If the total allowable harvest is less that Inuit would normally harvest, the Nunatsiavut Government is responsible for allocating the harvest to Beneficiaries. This could be in the form of tags, a set harvest level per community, or a set harvest level per Beneficiary or household.

An Inuk may use any method or technology to harvest wildlife as long as it:

  • Is humane;
  • Does not contravene a Harvesting restriction on method or technology of Harvest imposed by the Nunatsiavut Government;
  • Does not contravene Laws of General Application regarding public health or public safety; or
  • Does not result in harmful alteration to the environment.

Prohibited Species

The following species are endangered and prohibited from harvesting:

  • Harlequin Ducks (Lords and Ladies)
  • Mealy Mountain Caribou Herd
  • Wolverines

Total Allowable Harvest

As of April, 2014, the Nunatsiavut Government has set recommendations for harvest levels and seasons for some species:

Moose

A total of 28 moose licenses are available to be drawn and harvested by Nunatsiavut Beneficiaries, with the numbers varying in each location:

  • Nain: 6 (4 drawn and 2 for the local community freezer)
  • Hopedale: 6 (4 drawn and 2 for the local community freezer)
  • Postville: 6 (4 drawn and 2 for the local community freezer)
  • Makkovik: 6 (4 drawn and 2 for the local community freezer)
  • Rigolet: 6 (4 drawn and 2 for the local community freezer)
  • Upper Lake Melville: 5 (3 drawn and 2 for the local community freezers in Happy Valley-Goose Bay & North West River)

Please note: A license is needed to hunt Moose.

Polar Bears

The polar bear season is from February 1 – June 30 of each year. A total of 12 bears are allocated for Nunatsiavut with the numbers of tags allocated as follows:

  • Nain: 3
  • Hopedale: 3
  • Makkovik: 2
  • Postville: 2
  • Rigolet: 2

Please note: A license is needed to hunt Polar Bears.

Migratory Birds

For more information on licensing requirements for specific species of wildlife, please contact your local Conservation Officer:

Nain
Simon Kohlmeister
Conservation Officer
(709) 922-2942 ext. 237
simon_kohlmeister@nunatsiavut.com

Hopedale
Ian Winters
Conservation Officer
(709) 933-3777 ext. 228
ian_winters@nunatsiavut.com

Postville
George Gear
Conservation Officer
(709) 479-9763
george_gear@nunatsiavut.com

Makkovik
Errol Andersen
Lead Conservation Officer
(709) 923-2365 ext. 226
errol_andersen@nunatsiavut.com

Rigolet
David Wolfrey
Conservation Officer
(709) 947-3542
david_wolfrey@nunatsiavut.com

Upper Lake Melville
Joseph Townley
Conservation Officer
(709) 896-8582
joseph_townley@nunatsiavut.com

North West River
Dean McLean
Conservation Officer
(709) 497-8725
dean_mclean@nunatsiavut.com