Stay safe out on the land, Nunavut government reminds residents

Plan ahead so that you can return home safely

The Government of Nunavut reminds residents to take precautions while travelling on the land. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

If you are planning to travel on the land anytime soon, the Government of Nunavut would like to remind you to take the following safety precautions, according to a news release issued on Thursday, April 18:

  • Always travel with a functioning emergency communications device or GPS. You can sign out a free SPOT device at your hamlet office, wildlife office, or hunters’ and trappers’ organization.
  • Bring a compass and maps as backup in case the GPS fails. Make sure you know how to use them.
  • Always travel with a partner or with a group.
  • Tell family and friends where you are going and when you plan to get there.
  • Prepare to be out on the land for 72 hours, even if you are just going out for the day. Bring enough extra fuel, food, clothing and camping equipment.

If you need to call search and rescue because someone is overdue, you should contact the Emergency Line at 1-800-693-1666.

If you get lost, stranded or have an emergency while on the land, remember:

  • Stay with your equipment and your travel companion. Do not continue travelling.
  • Press “Help” on your SPOT device if you are stranded or lost.
  • Press “911” on your SPOT device in the event of an emergency.

As the government’s public service announcement says, even experienced travellers sometimes need help.

It recommends that you should always plan ahead, so you can return home safely.

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(1) Comment:

  1. Posted by Tommy on

    You can rely on Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit if you want. But I think I’ll rely on Inuit Qaujimajangit instead. The first is government policy and the latter is based on knowledge and experience.

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