(September 23, 2008 – Cambridge Bay, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. 1st Vice President James Eetoolook today announced that the NTI Board of Directors unanimously approved a Reclamation Policy for Inuit Owned Lands on Wednesday September 17, 2008 at a board meeting in Kugaaruk, Nunavut.
Everyone was in agreement with the policy and everyone understood why it is important for Inuit to have a clear policy position regarding reclamation, particularly for industrial activities such as advanced exploration or mining. We need to let people know what our expectations are about reclamation of the land, said Eetooloook.
NTI and the regional Inuit associations have worked together on this policy for the last 4 years and I am happy to see this policy in place.
The guiding principle of the policy is to ensure that future generations of Inuit will be able to enjoy the land as Inuit do today. NTI and the regional Inuit organizations require users of Inuit Owned Lands to return the land to a safe and stable condition that maintains the ecosystemic integrity and that is consistent with Inuit social and cultural needs and aspirations.
The policy includes five objectives and 32 supporting policy statements.
The objectives of the policy are as follows:
Establish goals for the reclamation of Inuit Owned Lands and set out the obligations of the land user.
Minimize the environmental liability to Inuit from the use of Inuit Owned Lands.
Ensure that reclamation requirements are incorporated in a reclamation plan.
Integrate Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and consultation with Inuit into the reclamation process.
Maximize the benefits of reclamation to Inuit.
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