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People, polar bears, narwhals, belugas, bowheads, walrus, seals and seabirds all make their home in Lancaster Sound in Canada’s Eastern Arctic. For more than 30 years, communities have been working to protect the region from industrial development and it’s time to make this dream a reality. In 2015, Canada’s new government committed to protecting 5 per cent of Canada’s marine and coastal areas by 2017. Join us in thanking the government for this commitment and urging our national leaders to make Lancaster Sound one of our top priorities by designating it as a National Marine Conservation Area.

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About Lancaster Sound

Lancaster Sound, known as Tallurutiup Tariunga to Inuit, is a unique Arctic ecosystem known around the world for its rich biodiversity and abundant marine life. Polar bears, narwhals, belugas, bowheads, walrus, seals and seabirds all make their home in Lancaster Sound. An important refuge for marine mammals and fish, Lancaster Sound is also important as a food source for neighbouring communities, which include Pond Inlet and Arctic Bay.

While governments and communities have been discussing protecting the region to protect its biodiversity for nearly 30 years, today the region remains unprotected.

In the meantime, the region is experiencing the effects of climate change. People and species face rapidly melting sea ice and the development that comes with an ice-free Arctic. Just outside the proposed boundary, leases for offshore oil exploration have been granted and ships transporting iron ore from a nearby mine add to the increasing traffic in this sensitive marine environment.

Finally, it seems protecting Lancaster Sound could become a reality. In 2015 Canada’s new government committed to protecting 5 per cent of Canada’s marine and coastal areas by 2017. After a more than 30-year wait, it is time to make Lancaster Sound a priority – for the people and species who call it home. We are asking Canadians to join us in thanking the government for this commitment and urging them to finally make Lancaster Sound a priority.

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