Indigenous coastal and Inuit communities share ties to Canada’s oceans that span generations. They value the oceans as a source of livelihood, food security, and transportation routes. The Oceans Protection Plan is providing Indigenous and Inuit peoples with new opportunities to protect, preserve, and restore Canada’s oceans and sea routes.That is why the Government of Canada, under the Oceans Protection Plan, is providing $12.6 million over three years to the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium to deliver a Marine Training Program in the North.
The Marine Training Program will reduce barriers to marine training for underrepresented groups in the marine labour force, such as women, Northerners, Inuit and Indigenous peoples. The Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium will establish a marine training facility in Hay River, Northwest Territories through partnership with the Government of Northwest Territories. The Consortium will also expand its existing training program in Nunavut and Nunavik. Funding will help curricula development and the purchase of new specialized marine training equipment.
This investment will help Northerners better protect their communities and livelihoods by providing them with a meaningful role in local marine emergency response and coastal and waterway management.
The $1.5 billion Oceans Protection Plan is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways. Through this plan, the Government of Canada is creating a world-leading marine safety system that provides economic opportunities for Canadians today, while protecting our coasts and waterways for generations to come. This work is being done in close collaboration with Inuit and Indigenous peoples, local stakeholders and coastal communities.
- The Government of Canada funding agreement with the Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium will improve local access to marine training throughout Canada’s Arctic.
- The Oceans Protection Plan, through the Marine Training Program, will contribute to the development of marine training programs and curricula on marine safety and environmental protection that reflects Inuit and Indigenous traditional knowledge and culturally-appropriate material.