Media Centre

NTI Congratulates QIA on Attaining an Injunction

(August 11, 2010 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.1st Vice-President James Eetoolook today congratulated the Qikitani Inuit Association on successfully attaining a court issued interim injunction on the Natural Resources Canada’s Eastern Canadian Arctic Seismic Experiment.

“NTI welcomes the court decision. This is a victory for QIA and for all Inuit in Nunavut.” said Eetoolook.

NTI has been working cooperatively with QIA on the injunction application and the underlying court action as the action raises several issues that are of fundamental legal importance to the Inuit.

“The territorial and federal governments have a constitutional and common law duty to meaningfully consult with the Inuit and accommodate Inuit concerns in Nunavut.” said Eetoolook. “The Inuit right of consultation and accommodation has to be respected.”

One of the questions is the application and extent of the Crown’s constitutional and common law duty to consult and accommodate in the context of a comprehensive land claims agreement. Similar issues were raised recently in a case before the Supreme Court of Canada. NTI has intervened in that case on behalf of the Inuit of Nunavut.

“Now, we need to take a moment to come together, government and Inuit and define what meaningful consultation is and how to conduct meaningful consultation.” concluded Eetoolook.


For further information:

Franco Buscemi
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4939 Toll-free: 1-888-646-0006
fbuscemi @