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Building the baseline for integrated resource development for Canada
North of 60 Degrees.


Initiated in 1971, the primary objective of the Northern Land Use Information Series Program (NLUIS) was to produce an integrated regional overview of the main environmental and social aspects of present land use patterns in northern Canada.

The information was published as a map and text based information reference system to assist in land use planning and managing of northern development, in particular, to support DIAND administrators in identifying potential land-use conflict priority areas, and processing land-use applications related to the Territorial Land Use Regulations.

Jointly funded by DIAND and DOE with the participation of other federal and territorial government departments and agencies (e.g. DFO, NRCan, AAFC, GNWT, CWS etc.), the Northern Land Use Program operated from 1971 until the devolution of the Program in 1990. Land Resources and Data Systems Branch of the Lands Directorate, Environment Canada was responsible for the coordination of the Program. Coordinators included Hiram Beaubier, Ken Taylor, Garry McLean, and John R. Reid.

The map information, presented in text and map form, includes a wide range of environmental-social topics including wildlife, fish resources, traditional land use, ecological land and coastal classification, and socio-economic and cultural data. Separate component reports, related to the NLUIS, were also published. Between 1972 and 1986, the NLUIS program produced 356 maps at a scale of 1:250,000, 14 published reports, and 13 contracted reports and papers. The NLUIS covered over 3,000,000 sq. km. and includes all of the Yukon, mainland NWT and Nunavut, and two-thirds of Baffin Island. The NLUIS maps for Central Baffin were surveyed but never published. On-going evaluation of the Series occurred (e.g. recreation-tourism potential evolved into a regional assessment of ecological districts).

 Link to the original printed NLUIS maps now available in JPG. files