Inuinnaqtun – ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ
The Sulukvaut Area Co-Management Committee (Sulukvaut ACMC) oversees three protected areas in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut: Nanuit Itillinga National Wildlife Area, Siqiniq (Prince Leopold Island) Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and Nauyavaat (Seymour Island) Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Nanuit Itillinga National Wildlife Area (NWA) is located 65km northwest of Reoslute Bay and spans the centre of Bathurst Island, from the west to east coast at the island’s narrowest point. Due to its extensive wetland habitat, Nanuit Itillinga NWA supports an unusually high concentration and diversity of wildlife despite its latitude and polar desert climate. Siqiniq (Prince Leopold Island) Migratory Bird Sanctuary (MBS), is located in Lancaster Sound at the junction of Prince Regent Inlet and Barrow Strait. Somerset Island is 13 km to the southwest, Devon Island is 50 km to the north, and the nearest community, Resolute, is 150km to the northeast. The MBS encompasses the entire island, an area of approximately 64 square kilometers, and extends into the surrounding marine habitat for 5 km. Finally, Nauyavaat (Seymour Island) MBS is located 250km to the northwest of Resolute and supports one of the largest known breeding colony of ivory gulls in Canada. The MBS is located 18km north of Helena Island, separated by Bathurst Island by Sir William Parker Strait.
Created in 2012, the Sulukvaut ACMC is comprised of five members from Resolute Bay, and one Canadian Wildlife Service Northern Region (Iqaluit) employee. The Sulukvaut ACMC is drafting the Management Plan for the NWA and MBSs and meets 2-3 times per year in Resolute Bay to discuss all issues pertaining to management of, and permitting for access to the Nanuit Itillinga NWA, Siqiniq (Prince Leopold Island) MBS, and Nauyavaat (Seymour Island) MBS.