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Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. Welcomes New Nunavut Devolution Negotiations

Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) President Cathy Towtongie today welcomed the announcement that new tripartite negotiations were beginning in order to bring about the transfer of Crown lands and resources from the federal government to Nunavut.

Towtongie’s comments followed Saturday’s announcement by Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett that Fred Caron would serve as the Government of Canada’s negotiator for Nunavut devolution.

NTI worked with the Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut toward a devolution agreement for many years. Formal devolution negotiations with the previous federal government took place in 2014 and 2015. Progress was made on a number of devolution issues, including recognizing the importance of implementing Nunavut Agreement Article 23 (Inuit employment) as part of any devolution agreement. However, the previous government adopted a take it or leave it approach to negotiations and appeared unwilling to consider creative approaches to issues like marine areas and revenue sharing.

“I look forward to negotiations that go beyond expectations that Nunavut’s devolution agreement has to mirror the precedent set in the Yukon or Northwest Territories. We need Nunavut solutions to Nunavut issues,” said Towtongie.

NTI has worked with the new federal negotiator in other circumstances, including the out of court settlement of implementation litigation in May 2015. Towtongie confirmed that Udloriak Hanson will continue as NTI’s chief negotiator for devolution.

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