The negotiations for the creation of a new government in Nunavik are called tripartite because they involve both governments, that of Quebec and that of Canada, as well as Makivik Corporation, representing the Inuit of the region.
Each of these three parties is represented at the negotiation table by a negotiator and a support team.
Richard Budgell became a chief negotiator of self-government at the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs in 2005. He has been a public servant with the federal government since 1988, when he began work with Indian and Northern Affairs in the self-government field.
He has also worked for a number of other federal departments, including the Treasury Board Secretariat and Health Canada, where he was one of the founders of the Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities program, which funds preschools for First Nations, Metis and Inuit children and families.
Born in Quebec City, 1950
Studied at the Department of Geography of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (1969-1972).
From 1979 to 1991, for the Quebec Department of Municipal Affairs, participated in the setting up and development of the municipal structures in the Inuit communities, as specified by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.
Minnie Grey is from Kangirsuk, Nunavik which is the northern part of the Province of Quebec.
In 1984 she was elected as 3rd vice-president of the Makivik Corporation which is the official organization representing the Inuit of Nunavik which are beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement Land Claim. She held this office for two terms becoming involved in issues such as self-government as well as being responsible for the Community and Economic Development department of the Corporation.
Mr. Tulugak is a resident of Puvirntuq. He has been actively involved in the socio-economic development of Inuit of Nunavik for three decades. Mr. Tulugak was Mayor of Puvirnituq from 1991-1993. He has served as a member of the executive of the Inuulitsivik Health Board in Puvrinituq from 1993-1998, and was interim director General from September 1997 to January 1998. Mr. Tulugak has held the position of Executive Assistant to the President of Makivik corporation.
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The Nunavik negotiating team