Returning Polar Bear hides to Nunavummiut at affordable prices
To date, 70 hides have been donated to crafts/sewing groups, schools, and non-profit organizations across Nunavut.
The draw entry period for the rest of the hides closed Tuesday, September 28. The draw consists of two phases:
- The first draw for 75 hides, for Nunavut Inuit only, took place Wednesday, September 29, 2021. This draw had 100 entries.
- The second draw for another 75 hides will take place after the first-round winners have had a chance to be contacted.
The Department of Environment has started contacting those whose names have been drawn, and buyers will have three business days to provide payment if they choose to purchase a hide. They may decline the offer to purchase a hide if they’re no longer interested, or if the quality they wanted is no longer available.
Nunavut Inuit who were in the first draw, but didn’t get a chance to buy, will be put back into the second draw. This pool has 216 non-Inuit entries.
Only Nunavut residents are eligible to purchase a hide, and sales are limited to one per household unless there are leftover hides.
Hides will be shipped to community Wildlife Offices for buyers to collect.
- Hides will only be sold to Nunavummiut within Nunavut.
- All sales are final, and all hides will be sold “as-is.”
Quality & Size
The hides are all raw (not tanned) and vary in quality from very good to poor, and are available in Large or Extra Large.
The Government of Nunavut’s Department of Environment returned unsold hides from the Fur Harvesters Auction, and are now offering them at affordable prices to Nunavummiut through the Nanuit Initiative.
Hunters and the families of hunters were offered the first opportunity to purchase their hides. The department also offered polar bear hides to schools and non-profit organizations within the territory.
The remaining hides will be sold to Nunavummiut at affordable prices. To be fair to everyone the department will sell the hides using a draw where winners will have 72 hours to purchase from the remaining stock.
We believe that there will be strong local demand for the surplus hides, and that Nunavummiut will demonstrate their support for our local hunters and will appreciate and use the hides for years to come.
Coordinator, Operations & Regulations
Department of Environment
Government of Nunavut