Promoting Travels to the Parks for Inuit from Nunavik with NPBAIPromoting Travels to the Parks for Inuit from Nunavik with NPBAI3/24/2017 4:00:00 AM

​Targeting first and foremost preservation of the natural heritage, national parks also contribute to improved quality of living. Parks are an exceptional point of contact with nature as well as significant development and economic diversification levers for several regions of Québec. For Inuit, the national parks in Nunavik are also territories for the practice of traditional activities. In order to promote greater use of these territories by Inuit, Nunavik Parks is proposing to provide financial support to JBNQA beneficiaries, regardless of their home community in Nunavik. The NPBAI comprises two main components: reduced fees and reduced transportation costs.

Under the first component, JBNQA beneficiaries receive a 50% reduction on the cost of activities and services delivered by Nunavik Parks. This component is on top of the free park access enjoyed by JBNQA beneficiaries in accordance with the Québec Parks Act.

The second component of the NPBAI facilitates travel to the parks. To this end, the NPBAI provides reimbursement for a portion of related air travel costs.

 

School groups, youth, elders or any JBNQA beneficiary interested in travelling to a national park in Nunavik may take advantage of the NPBAI. In addition to services already delivered free of charge by the parks (guides, equipment, vehicles), these categories of travellers may also receive a 30% reimbursement on air travel costs to the park gateway communities of Kangiqsujuaq, Kangiqsualujjuaq and Umiujaq (regular scheduled flights) and a 40% reimbursement on air charter travel costs to and from a park.

Funded through revenue generated by Nunavik Parks, the mission of the NPBAI is to increase the number of JBNQA beneficiaries visiting national parks in Nunavik. The NPBAI represents an opportunity to continue growing the number of park visitors, which doubled in 2015 and 2016.

For more information, visit our page Nunavik Parks Beneficiary Access Initiative or write to info@parcsnunavik.ca.

 
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With the support of the Kativik Regional Government, the Nunavik Parks Beneficiary Access Initiative (NPBAI) enters into effect in February 2017. The goal of the NPBAI is to encourage and facilitate travel by beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement (JBNQA) to the different national parks in Nunavik.

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