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NTI Launches Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Oral History Project

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(August 23, 2004 — Iqaluit, Nunavut) Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. today launched the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Oral History Project. The project is the result of a 2003 NTI Board of Directors resolution that called for immediate steps to be taken to capture the oral history surrounding the negotiation of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA).

Generations of Inuit were involved in the negotiations and conclusion of the NLCA. This history is an invaluable part of the modern cultural heritage of Inuit in Nunavut, as well as a critical component in Canada’s development as a country. Our Board recognized that unless we acted right away, there was a significant risk of losing this crucial knowledge forever, said NTI Acting President James Eetoolook.

The NTI Board committed $50,000 in funding for the project. NTI then approached the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (CLEY) for additional funds. The department responded extremely positively and contributed another $50,000 toward the initiative.

Under the scope of the project, Beneficiaries of the NLCA, residents of Nunavut and non-profit community-based organizations can apply for funds to record and transcribe the oral history of the development, formation and negotiations of the NLCA. Funds are also available for individuals who wish to pursue projects devoted to the photographic history of the NLCA.

Successful applicants will submit to NTI the oral recordings, transcripts and photographs they collect during the scope of their projects. NTI hopes to make this information accessible to members of the public on a Web site, as well as in a book and an archival centre.

I am confident that this initiative will go a long way toward preserving and protecting our history. It is our goal to make this information accessible to Beneficiaries and other Canadians who wish to learn more about the NLCA, said Eetoolook.

NLCA Oral History Project information kits, including application forms and eligibility details, are now available in Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun and English from NTI’s Director of Communications. The entire package is also available on NTI’s Web site at www.tunngavik.com.

Applications for funding will be accepted until October 12, 2004. An NLCA Oral History Project Review and Selection Committee with representatives from NTI, Inuit Heritage Trust and CLEY will evaluate the proposals and advise applicants if they were successful in receiving funding for their projects by the end of October.

For further information:

Kerry McCluskey
Director of Communications
Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated
Tel: (867) 975-4914
Cell: (867) 975-1337