Inuit Harvesting Rights

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As a Beneficiary of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement, you have rights to harvest wildlife, plants, and fish within the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area.

The Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement sets out Inuit fishing, hunting, trapping, and gathering rights in the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area (LISA) and makes specific provisions for those who live outside of the LISA. Harvesting matters are managed by the Renewable Resources division.

Food Fishery
Labrador Inuit have the right to fish throughout the LISA at all times of the year in such quantities as are required to meet their full needs for food, social, and ceremonial purposes (unless a total allowable harvest level has been set for conservation purposes). Labrador Inuit Land Claim Beneficiaries have the right to participate in the food fishery in the Settlement Area.

Commercial Fishing
The Nunatsiavut Government is a quota-holder for a limited quantity of various commercial fish species.

Hunting and Gathering
Labrador Inuit have the exclusive right to harvest wildlife and plants in Labrador Inuit Lands (subject to exceptions described in Chapter 12 of the LILCA). Labrador Inuit also have the right to harvest wildlife and plants throughout the LISA at all times of the year to meet their full needs for food, social, and ceremonial purposes (unless a total allowable harvest level has been set by the Minister for conservation purposes). Labrador Inuit Land Claim Beneficiaries have the right to harvest wildlife and plants in the Settlement Area.

Commercial Developments
Labrador Inuit have priority rights to new commercial wildlife and forestry ventures in the LISA.

Transfer of Rights
Labrador Inuit may transfer their domestic harvesting rights to their spouse, child, or any other aboriginal person within the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area. Transfers are subject to terms and conditions set out in the Labrador Inuit Land Claim Agreement (LILCA).

For more information, please see our Fisheries and Wildlife sections in Beneficiary Information.