Are Inuit allowed to hunt?

The bowhead whale was a means of subsistence and a symbol of the Inuit culture for centuries. In 1972, the federal government of Canada outlawed commercial whaling, but since 1991 the Inuit have been allowed to hunt under a strict quota. Now a limited whale hunt has become an annual event in Nunavut.

What rights do the Inuit have?

In entering treaties with Inuit, Canada recognized that Inuit had rights to the Arctic lands and waters covered by the treaties. Many Inuit view the land claim agreements and other treaties as agreements to share their territories, rather than a full extinguishment of their Aboriginal title within these areas.

Do the Inuit have treaties?

The Inuit did not sign treaties like the First Nation groups across Canada; nor do the Inuit have settlements like the Métis in Alberta. Inuit communities settled comprehensive land claims with the Government of Canada.

Why did the Inuit want their own sovereignty?

The Inuit have many reasons to desire sovereignty in the countries in which they now live. Among these reasons are decolonization, self-determination,…

Is seal clubbing illegal?

The United States, which had been heavily involved in the sealing industry, now maintains a complete ban on the commercial hunting of marine mammals, with the exception of indigenous peoples who are allowed to hunt a small number of seals each year.

Why did Canada want Nunavut?

The creation of Nunavut allowed for a native controlled government that would be in control of their own society and their own needs[23]. Through this, the native population could better help their society recover from centuries of oppression and improve the situation of their people.

Why is seal clubbing a thing?

To ensure that seals die quickly, it mandates that sealers target a seal’s head using high-powered rifles, clubs, or a hakapik—a wooden staff with a hook at the end. The sealer is then required to ensure that the animal is dead and to sever its arteries before skinning it.

Are baby seals still clubbed?

Canada halted the slaughter of so-called “whitecoats” in 1987, but harp and gray seals lose their white fur at around two weeks of age, so most seals can still be shot or clubbed to death before they reach their first month of life.

What are the rights of the Inuit in Canada?

For instance, the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement protects Inuit rights to 18,800 square miles of tidal waters and an area of the seabed within the treaty area. In entering treaties with Inuit, Canada recognized that Inuit had rights to the Arctic lands and waters covered by the treaties.

What kind of treaty does the Inuit have?

Many Inuit view the land claim agreements and other treaties as agreements to share their territories, rather than a full extinguishment of their Aboriginal title within these areas. The treaties cover not just land, but also areas of the ocean.

Where do the Inuit hunt seals in Canada?

Some Inuit of Canada and their supporters have been promoting the commercial harp seal hunt in Canada and connecting their seal hunting with the commercial sealing in Newfoundland and the Magdalen Islands.

What do the Inuit do with harp seals?

Newfoundland and Magdalen Islands commercial fishermen participate in the commercial seal hunt. They primarily target harp seal pups between three weeks and three months of age and kill them mainly for their fur. They sell the blubber, which is attached to the pelt, to be used a “health food supplement.” They leave almost all the flesh behind.