Canadian Heritage Rivers Inuit Impact Benefit Agreement

and whereas, in accordance with clause 8.4.4 of the Nunavut Agreement, the Parties have agreed on matters relating to the Tallurutiup Imanga National Marine Reserve that could reasonably benefit inuit on a Nunavut, regional or local basis or have an adverse effect on Inuit; « These waterways have been and remain important transportation routes, especially given the infrastructure deficits in Nunavut, » ITTI President Aluki Kotierk said in a July 9 press release. The GN has also proposed to include the Return River (Hanningajuq) in the group of historic rivers, although consultations with Inuit organizations will first be required. The Nunavut Agreement requires Inuit and Canada to negotiate an Inuit Impact and Charitable Agreement prior to the establishment of a national park or protected area in the Nunavut Settlement Area. The Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. have finally signed an Inuit Impact and Charitable Agreement that has been discussed at length with the federal government on the management of a group of waterways in the region. The contest is open in Nunavut Inuit at the age of 18 and under years related to the municipalities of Kimmirut, Kugluktuk and Baker Lake, where the four historic rivers are located. This IIBA includes four rivers in Nunavut: the Kazan River (Sarvaqtuuq), the Soper River (Kuujuaq), the Thelon River (Akillinik) and the Coppermine River (Qurluktuk). The copper mine has been nominated and is awaiting official designation. The Canadian Heritage River System is a federal-provincial-territorial government program that works with river management groups at the community level to promote and preserve waterways with outstanding natural, cultural and recreational values in a manner that recognizes the contributions of Inuit, their history and cultures and encourages greater Inuit participation in the benefits of their use. On Nunavut Day, the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) took an important step in delivering on the commitments set out in the Nunavut Agreement by signing an agreement to ensure the continued participation of Inuit in the management of Canada`s heritage rivers in the Nunavut Settlement Area. The Impact and Charitable Agreement covers all matters relating to the proposed protected area that would have a negative impact on Inuit or could reasonably benefit Inuit, including cooperative management, the pursuit of Inuit harvesting rights, and Inuit employment and economic benefits. « The Government of Nunavut is committed to working closely with our partners to ensure that Nunavummiut benefits from Canada`s Heritage River System, » said Nunavut Justice Minister Jeannie Ehaloak, who participated in the July 9 signing on behalf of the GN. This agreement shall be concluded from the date of entry into force.

Between: the Inuit of the Qikiqtani region, hereinafter referred to as `QIA`, and Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, represented by: the Minister of Environment and Climate Change for the purposes of the Parks Canada Agency, the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and the Minister of Transport, hereinafter referred to as `Canada`, « We are offering this contest to youth, raising awareness of the importance of our historic river systems in Nunavut, » said Aluki Kotierk, President of ITN. . . .