In Nunavik, wetlands and bodies of water occupy a considerable portion of the territory and are important for the practice of subsistence activities. Indeed, many lakes and rivers are used by Inuit and Naskapi for travel. For its part, permafrost plays an important role in the region’s hydrology and its thawing, which is being accelerated by climate change, represents a major environmental challenge. Fragmented understanding of wetlands and bodies of water in the north complicates the implementation of protection measures.

The KEAC monitors drinking water quality strategies and regulations applicable in Nunavik. This includes the health of the region’s residents, in particular in relation to community drinking water supply, and the need for adequate public infrastructure that meets standards. The KEAC also monitors laws and regulations to ensure that proper consideration is given to the unique and fragile nature of Nunavik’s wetlands and bodies of water.

Recent Actions

  • Sent comments to Fisheries of Oceans Canada (DFO) concerning the federal Prescribed Works and Waters Regulation
  • Received a presentation on different water management research projects currently being realized in Nunavik as well as the creation of the Nunavik Drinking Water Research Committee at its 173rd 
  • Commented on Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy
  • Submitted feedback on the Act respecting the Conservation of Wetlands and Bodies of Water and its application in Nunavik.
  • Monitor water quality issues and the impact they may have on the environment and on community drinking water sources and systems

You can access relevant publications regarding this subject at: https://keac-ccek.org/en/briefs-and-position-papers/