Department Overview

For our region and its people
With the interests of our people, as well as the future of our region, in mind, the Nunatsiavut Government looks to the department of Lands and Natural Resources to sustainably manage our renewable and non-renewable resources.

The Department of Lands and Natural Resources is responsible for all matters related to the protection, use, and development of renewable and non-renewable resources in Nunatsiavut. The department is organized into four divisions: Lands, Non-Renewable Resources; Renewable Resources; and Environment. The department’s mandate is to ensure the sustainable management of Nunatsiavut land and natural resources while maximizing benefits from the development of these resources for Inuit.

The department’s responsibilities include:

  • Supporting the Nunatsiavut Government’s obligations in terms of co-management of resources;
  • Applying provisions of the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement concerning resource development; specifically chapters:
    • 4: Land and Non-Renewable Resources;
    • 5: Water Management and Inuit Water Rights;
    • 6: Ocean Management;
    • 8: Voisey’s Bay Area;
    • 9: National Parks and Protected Areas;
    • 10: Land Use Planning;
    • 11: Environmental Assessment;
    • 12: Wildlife and Plants;
    • 13: Fisheries;
    • 14: Harvesting Compensation;
    • 15: Place Names.
  • Management of Labrador Inuit Lands, including Specified Materials Lands and Water Lots;
  • Implementation of the Voisey’s Bay Impacts and Benefits Agreement; and
  • Implementation of the Torngat Mountains National Park Impacts and Benefits Agreement.

Thinking of doing research in Nunatsiavut?
The Nunatsiavut Government Research Office is now the first point of contact for all researchers seeking to conduct work in Nunatsiavut. For more information, please contact our Inuit Research Advisor:

Inuit Research Advisor
Carla Pamak
Tel: (709) 922-2942 ext. 225
Fax: (709) 922-2504
E-mail: [email protected]