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HMS Erebus and HMS Terror Inuit Guardian Program (Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror NHS) (148878)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Tamara Tarasoff
Company: Parks Canada
Start Date: 2018-08-20
End Date: 2018-09-30
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
In 2017, acting upon a recommendation from the Franklin Interim Advisory Committee, Parks Canada worked together with Inuit from Gjoa Haven to develop and implement the Erebus and Terror Guardian Program Pilot Project to provide site protection and presentation while promoting Inuit culture. FIAC proposed that a camp be established near each of the two wreck sites where Inuit can undertake traditional activities, provide site protection and monitoring, and present the Franklin story. Inspired by existing Parks Canada Guardian and Watchman programs, this program was seen to have the potential to bring numerous benefits to Inuit while contributing to shared Inuit and Government of Canada priorities. In 2017 the Inuit Guardian Pilot Project was planned and delivered collaboratively by Parks Canada, the Gjoa Haven Hunters and Trappers Association (HTA) and the Guardians themselves in a manner that demonstrated exceptional cooperative site management. The Pilot Project consisted of a short pilot trip, a training program, and teams of Guardians at each of the two wreck sites for a total of 48 days (32 at Terror and 16 at Erebus) between August 26 and September 30, 2017. The Guardians were prepared for the first ever visit by cruise ship visitors to the Erebus wreck site; however, poor weather led to the cancellation of this visit. Significant benefits, both monetary and cultural, were seen by the Guardians. At the end of the Guardian season, feedback sessions were held with the Guardians as well as others who were involved. All involved felt that the program was positive and successful overall, and recommendations included that it should be expanded in 2018 and should build on the lessons learned. In 2018 the Inuit Guardian Program will build on the Pilot Project by implementing recommendations from 2017, including establishing temporary camps at the two locations identified in 2018 to determine their suitability as locations for permanent camps, monitoring each wreck site area in accordance with the established monitoring protocol, and welcoming visitors to the Erebus Guardian camps as part of the Adventure Canada visit (details of which have been submitted separately). The Gjoa Haven Hunters and Trappers Association, in close collaboration with Parks Canada who is providing the funding, will be responsible for the overall management of the Guardian Program. Project objective: The objective of this project is to implement the second year of the Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror Inuit Guardian program in order to contribute to protection and presentation of the WET NHS and to inform future site management while enabling Inuit to undertake traditional land-based activities and knowledge-sharing. Many of the activities have been addressed in the 2017 NIRB Application for Screening #125166: Visitor experience at the Erebus Wreck Site and NIRB Project File #15YN037 HMS Erebus Wreck Site Archeological Investigation. Activities will include: -Establishing a temporary camp near each of the Erebus and Terror wreck sites. -Monitoring the Erebus and Terror wreck sites from land and water, including on foot, by all-terrain vehicle and small motorized and non-motorized vessel (including but not limited to: dingy, life boat, motor yacht, inflatable, cuddy boat, etc) to the WET NHS (Erebus and Terror wreck site).. -Recording and reporting observations including weather, wildlife and archeological resources. -Undertaking traditional land-based activities such as traditional harvesting and knowledge sharing between Inuit Elders, adults and youth. -Up to two visits by Adventure Canada Cruise Ship visitors to Guardian Camp and Davit Island (details of Adventure Canada visit in separate submission Visitor Experience at the Erebus Wrecks Site (Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror NHS submitted by project lead Phil McComiskey) The NEW ELEMENTS from what was screened in 2017 are the following: Establishment of temporary trial Guardian camp at Terror Bay for team of Inuit Guardians Delivery of Guardian program at Terror Bay, involving teams of 4 Guardians at a time Longer season – a total of 41 days at each camp, up from approximately 10 days in 2017 Different Guardian camp location at Erebus – Location C (Hattuq Island) rather than Location A (Davit Island) Inuit have requested permanent structures at each Base Camp. Although this will not occur in 2018 the Guardian experiences at the temporary camps will inform the location and design of the permanent base camps. When the permanent base camps are planned, a new project description will be submitted.
Persons: 8
Days: 41
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4106 point Location D: Terror Guardian Camp (new in 2018)
4108 point Location C: Erebus Guardian Camp (screened in 2017)
4109 point Location A: Erebus Guardian Camp (screened in 2017)
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Temporary Structures
Tourism Activities
Licensing Agencies
INAC: Class B Land Use Permit
NWB: Approval to Use Water/Deposit Water Without a Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
All-terrain vehicle 2 standard Inuit Guardians may choose to travel by ATV from Gjoa Haven to the Terror Guardian camp
Small personal boat 4 approx 21 feet long Guardians will travel in teams of 4 Inuit, 2 per boat, in personal boats to and from the Guardian camps, and to undertake their patrols within the national historic site. At any one time there will be 2 boats at each Guardian camp, for a total of 4 boats at both camps.
Generator 1 tbd Small generator to charge batteries for satellite phone and to power small items. There may be one per camp.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 4 45 Gallons Gasoline will be used to fuel the boats as well as to power a generator at each location. Each boat operator will determine how much fuel to bring. It is anticipated there maybe 4 or 5 45-gallon drumsof uel brought by each boat.
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0.04 Standard water containers will be filled by Inuit Guardians Water source to be identified by Inuit Guardians at each camp
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Waste will be generated by small teams of Inuit Guardians and will be managed using traditional Inuit methods in order to minimize environmental impact. Where possible waste will be carried back to Gjoa Haven for disposal there.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 20 l per day per camp None Greywater will be disposed using responsible methods and will ensure greywater is dispersed away from water sources.
Non-Combustible wastes 10 l per day per camp None All will be carried back to Gjoa Haven in containers.
Combustible wastes 10 l per day per camp None All will be carried back to Gjoa Haven
Sewage (human waste) 320 lb None Human waste will be collected in WAG bags and disposed of at approved landfill in Gjoa Haven after the camp.
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-05-31
Originator: Tamara Tarasoff
Public Registry ID: 14318
Document Size: 1574.5 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2018-06-07
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 14344
Document Size: 172.88 Kb
Category: Application related document - Other document
Recieved: 2018-09-17
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 14658
Document Size: 42.67 Kb
2018-06-06 11:15:00, from: Goump Djalogue
 Good morning Tamara, As discussed, could you please indicate if you need an authorization for use of water without a license? If yes please include the Nunavut Water Board in the Authorizing Agencies. In addition, could you please revise the “Estimated No of Days on site” in the “PERSONNEL” section to reflect the duration of project August 20, 2018 to September 30, 2018 from the “PROJECT SCHEDULE” section. Thank you. Goump