*Nunavik** Inuit take Formal Control over Thousands of Northern Islands * from Nunavut
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Date: Mon, July 21, 2008 12:16
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*Nunavik** Inuit take Formal Control over Thousands of Northern Islands *
*Kuujjuaq July 17, 2008-*The official signing ceremonies and Royal Assent in
the Parliament of Canada happened months ago. But in practical terms the
Nunavik offshore land claim really came into effect late last week, when the
first cheques arrived at the Makivik headquarters and Inuit Land titles were
The Nunavik Inuit offshore Claim may accurately be described as the silent
land claim, although its impact will be felt for generations, and its terms
are just as significant as the initial Northern Quebec Inuit land claim
signed more than 30 years ago.
Negotiations to resolve the Nunavik Inuit Offshore Land Claim lasted more
than 14 years which is an indication of the complexity of a land claim or
modern treaty that covers the offshore areas, and includes more than 6000
islands in the east Hudson and Ungava Bay area of Northern Quebec and
include overlapping claims and interests of four Governments, and four
separate aboriginal organizations.
Fundamentally, the Nunavik Inuit Offshore Land Claim Agreement may be viewed
as an extension or unfinished business in terms of the initial James Bay
Northern Quebec Inuit Land Claim signed in 1975. That claim provided 90
million dollars in compensation and parcels of land with Inuit ownership.
These same principles are included in the Offshore Claim, that encompass
thousands of offshore Islands, many of them too small to be seen on maps,
that were excluded from the 1975 claim.
"These Islands are essential to the overall traditional land use and
occupancy by the Inuit of Nunavik, who live in 14 communities scattered
along the Coast of Hudson and Ungava Bays" said Pita Aatami President of
Makivik, the Inuit Corporation responsible for negotiating and administering
the claim on behalf of 10,000 Inuit of Northern Quebec.
"I have often used the analogy that these islands have been our grocery
stores and shelters, and we will continue to look at them in that way" said
Mr. Aatami, "but now we can also view them in the modern context of future
economic development and job creation for our communities in terms of
expanded fishery opportunities or mineral exploration".
The offshore claim will provide close to 100 million dollars in payments
over the next ten years. The monies will be divided between the Makivik
heritage trust, which invests money for future generations and the Nunavik
Inuit Trust that invests funds for community development initiatives as well
as direct payments to beneficiaries.
The total land mass of the six thousand or more islands, amounts to about
5300 square kilometres.
The legal land title for eighty percent of that land mass is now registered
in the name of Makivik on behalf of the Inuit of Nunavik. The Federal
Government retains ownership of the other 20 percent. Much of the federal
lands encompass wildlife preserves. The Government also owns the sea bed,
but Inuit are entitled to royalty sharing on future resource development on
federal lands within the claim area. Inuit also have sub surface rights on
the Inuit owned lands.
The islands will be managed by three joint management Boards that include a
Wildlife Management Board; an Impact Review Board and a Planning Commission.
These entities will balance the aboriginal Rights of the Nunavik Inuit, The
Inuit and Government of Nunavut, the Government of Canada, and overlapping
claims by the Cree of Quebec, and other Inuit interests in Labrador.
"Because there are many players, these were long and complex negotiations"
said Mr. Aatami, "and the successful conclusion is due to the determination
and hard work of our negotiating committee led by Makivik Vice President,
Johnny Peters who said "we always knew we owned the Islands, because our
people have always used them.
It's good to have a clear picture of where everybody stands now so we can
move forward with future developments"
"This claim will bring direct financial benefits to our communities and
beneficiaries beginning immediately" added Mr. Aatami. "Makivik will begin
an immediate consultation process with the communities to determine the most
appropriate way of distributing the initial payments to Nunavik residents".
There are several opinions on the table, including immediate relief form the
increasingly high cost of fuel and other relief from high cost of living.
In the past 30 years, Makivik has used the money from the initial Land Claim
to invest heavily in community infrastructure and business enterprises that
including ownership First Air and Air Inuit. A fuel distribution company,
interests in arctic marine shipping company, operating the North Warning
System of behalf of NORAD and more recently Nunavik Creations a northern
clothing company and Arctic cruises, offering eco and adventure tours of the
Hudson Bay and eastern Arctic.
"We are determined to use the terms of this claim, combined with the
experience and investments gained over the past 30 years from the initial
claim to make the Inuit of Nunavik stronger, politically, socially and
economically said Mr Aatami."
Makivik Head office
819 964 2925
On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 9:13 AM, George Lessard <media@...> wrote:
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> > See attached Makivik press release on new offshore land claim deal. From
> > Donat Savoie.
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> > From: Donat Savoie <donatsavoie@...>
> > Date: Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 8:53 AM
> > Subject: FW: press releasae!
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> > See herewith a Communiqué from Makivik Corporation, which represents the
> > Inuit of Nunavik, Northern Quebec, regarding their recent Offshore Land
> > Claim Agreement negotiated between the Inuit of Nunavik and the
> > of Canada.
> > For further information, please contact Kitty Gordon (Inuk trilingual:
> > Inuktituut, French, English), Communication Officer at Makivik
> > at 514-745-8880 (k_gordon@...).
> > Thank you.
> > DONAT SAVOIE
> > c.c. Jean-François Arteau, Legal Counsel and Executive Assistant to Pita
> > Aatami, President of Makivik (jfarteau@...).
> > > Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 13:56:26 -0400
> > > Subject: Fwd: press releasae!
> > > To: donatsavoie@...
> > > From: jfarteau@...
> > >
> > > Salut Donat,
> > >
> > > Voici pour ton information.
> > >
> > > JFA
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
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> > > Please see attached.
> > >
> > >
> > > Kitty Gordon
> > > Communications Agent
> > > Makivik Corporation
> > > 1111, boul. Frederik-Philips
> > > 3rd floor, St-Laurent, Qc
> > > H4M 2X6
> > > (514) 745-8880 ext. 215
> > >
> > > k_gordon@...
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