Narwhals in Starn's Fjord, Ellesmere Island. Photo: Eric Solomon.

Earlier in the year we posted about a predicament involving the ban of export of narwhal products from 17 communities in Nunavut. The original post is below. Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) announced on June 21, that they will be withdrawing the judicial review of narwhal tusks against Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).

In a release, the NTI Chief Executive Officer, Terry Audla said, “DFO and NTI have agreed on the necessity of meaningful, timely consultations by Government with Inuit on issues that may have an impact on Inuit rights pursuant to the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement including decisions on narwhal harvesting and trade,” and added, “DFO has agreed to work with NTI to avoid unexpected decisions affecting Inuit.”

It’s clear that both NTI and DFO recognize the complexity of the issue, and that the narwhal tusk ban is not the first nor will it be the last of such issues. When there are more shades of gray than there is black and white, respectful dialogue truly is the only path to solutions.

The fate of the narwhal tusk export ban is unclear, but we are encouraged that, as future issues arise, NTI and DFO may work together more effectively on navigating this sea of gray.

Here is the original post.

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