Nunavut

Population:

39,097 (1)

Current majority government:

Premier: Joe Savikataaq - non-partisan consensus government
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Environmental stance of majority party:

Premier Joe Savikataaq says that Nunavut is not a prominent emitter of GHGs, and their focus is on mitigation (4).

Percentage of 2020/2021 budget estimated to be allocated to the environment:

Total budget: $2.584 billion
Total allocated to the environment: $29,900,000
Percentage: 0.0116% (5)

Main provincial-level legislation for environment protection:

-Environmental Protection Act (1988)
-Environmental Rights Act (1988): regulations in place to protect the environment due to the fact that the people have the right to a healthy environment and to protect the integrity, diversity and productivity of the natural ecosystems
-Pesticide Act (1988)
-Nunavut Wildlife Act (2005): establishes a regime for the management of wildlife and their habitat including the conservation, recovery and protection of at-risk species
(6,7,8)

Specific government-based environmental programs:

-Classroom Visits: A trained conservation officer, biologist or other environmental specialist will visit students in the classroom to provide environmental education
-Environmental Assessment and Land-Use Planning: Any persons/corporations proposing development on land in Nunavut must get an -Environmental Assessment review through this program to obtain a permit
-Fisheries Development and Diversification Program: offers financial assistance for projects that could strengthen, develop and diversify Nunavut’s fishing industry
-Wildlife Deterrence Program: promotes safe and sustainable coexistence between wildlife and humans
-Pollution Control: an environmental protection program that provides and facilitates protection of the environment and enforcement in all communities in Nunavut
(9,10)

Next election date:

Fall of 2021 (13)

Extra information:

Find information and guidelines for waste management, emissions and environmental guidelines here: (14)

What makes this province different?

Nunavut emits the least amount of GHGs in comparison to other provinces and territories, emitting 0.6 megatonnes of CO2 gas in 2017 (15)

  Quick facts:  

Nunavut negotiated certain exemptions from the federal carbon tax that came into effect on July 1, 2019 so that residents do not pay more for electricity or air travel (16).

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Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.

 

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