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Salon Rouge, 1983: A Historic Exchange

The following exchange between Eliyassie Sallualuk, then ITN representative, and René Lévesque, then Premier of Quebec, took place in 1983 at the Salon Rouge of the Quebec National Assembly, the same room where the Agreement in Principle (AIP) for the creation of the Nunavik Regional Government was signed on December 5, 2007.

“Eliyassie Sallualuk: If all exisitng groups of Nouveau-Québec decide to work together for the creation of such a government, could you tell them: OK, let’s go?

René Lévesque: My answer is yes. (...) It is quite simple: if the Inuit unify their approaches in the way of an autonomy within Québec, in order to have better management of their affairs, to pass laws in fields that concern them directly, to organize their life, we would be ready at once to discuss that with them and to accept this consideration. We could negotiate from this base whenever they want. (...) We would be ready anytime but it is up to them to decide.”

Parliamentary Commission of the Quebec National Assembly, November 23, 1983

  • January 24, 2008
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Now that the AIP is Signed, What Happens Next?

On December 5, 2007 the government of Quebec, the government of Canada and Makivik Corporation signed the Agreement-in-Principle on the creation of the Nunavik Regional Government.

Photo: Bob Mesher, Makivik Corporation

To help understand the importance of this historic moment, Makivik negotiators Minnie Grey and Harry Tulugak answer a few of your questions.

Q: Now that the Agreement-in-Principle is signed, how do you feel about it and the progress made so far?

The negotiators: We are very pleased to finally get to this stage and feel relieved after so many years of discussing the notion of a Nunavik Government.  We have made a big step, but the real work now begins.  It will not be easy amalgamating the three organizations, but we are all bound and determined to do this work together.

Greetings to All Our Visitors

It has been another busy and challenging year, both personally and professionally.  With the recent signing of the Agreement-in-Principle, I feel a sense of accomplishment, but the work has only just begun.  It will take a lot of hard work and dedication of many people in and outside of Nunavik to accomplish what we aspire to do, but I have no doubt that we are up for the task.  I thank everyone for all their support.

I want to wish each and every one of you and yours a safe and healthy holiday season.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  • December 17, 2007
  • Minnie Grey

Quviasubvik! Tamainnut!

The culmination of years of debate in Nunavik has achieved a plateau where the view is Absolutely excellent! This is in relation to the December 5th signing of the AIP in Quebec city.

I cannot hide my enthusiasm as Nunavik approaches yet another Christmas season which is full of promise.

  • December 17, 2007
  • Harry Tulugak

Signing of the Agreement-in-Principle

Québec, December 5, 2007 – The government of Québec, the government of Canada and Makivik Corporation have just taken an unprecedented step by signing the Agreement-in-Principle on the creation of the Nunavik Regional Government. Giving tangible form to Inuit aspirations, the Agreement-in-Principle draws the outlines of a new form of regional government adapted to the needs of Nunavik and, in so doing, marks a step towards the assumption of greater responsibility by Inuit communities. This agreement-in-principle builds on the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement.

Read the complete press release on the Makivik website

Photo: Bob Mesher, Makivik Corporation

  • December 6, 2007
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The Agreement in Principle and Where It's At

The Agreement in Principle was initialled by the 3 party negotiators on August 9, 2007 which is another step in the approval process.  The fact that the AIP is now initialled helps the leaders move forward to the signing of the ageement.

Following the Katimajiit Forum in Kuujjuaq, we can now say that the Agreement in Principle is well on its way to being formally signed by all parties in the very near future.

  • August 31, 2007
  • Minnie Grey

The Nunavik Elders' Declaration

In his closing remarks at the Katimajiit Summit Pita Aatami, President of Makivik, presented the declaration prepared by the Nunavik Inuit elders during the Nunavik Elders/Leaders Retreat in Old Chimo. (August 15-16, 2007)

  • August 28, 2007
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Nunavik Elders/Leaders Retreat

A group of  Nunavik elders will join executives and key staff members from Nunavik organizations for an elders/leaders retreat August 15 to 16. The retreat will take place at Old Chimo during the Arpik Jam, and will give elders and leaders an opportunity to exchange on issues that are important to Inuit in Nunavik. During this exchange present and future leaders will benefit from the expertise and advice that elders have to offer. Discussions are expected to center around social issues, namely the recent reports on youth protection, and other subjects deemed important for exchange by elders and leaders.

  • July 6, 2007
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Update on Nunavik Regional Government Negotiations

Representatives from the three negotiating teams met on June 28, 2007 for a final review of the Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) in all three languages. This cumbersome, but necessary exercise was executed to be sure that all three languages corresponded with each other. All changes and amendments made during the last couple of years of negotiations were verified, and “Regional” was incorporated throughout the text.

  • July 5, 2007
  • Minnie Grey

Questions From Our Readers

We receive a variety of email from people living in many different places. This week we received the following question from a university professor in Oregon.

"I had a question about the formation of a new Nunavik territory/government:

1) Will the new territory be a Federal territory like Nunavut, or will it remain within Quebec, like Nunatsiavut did, within Newfoundland (or something in between)?

2) What timeframe would your best estimate be for this arrangement to occur?"

The reply to this frequently asked question is:

 “The Nunavik Regional Government will be a public government for the territory of Nunavik which is located above the 55th parallel.  This new form of government will be under the jurisdiction of the Province of Quebec.

We are looking to amalgamate 3 public institutions with mandates in education, health and municpal affairs into one governing entity and hope to accomplish this within the next 5 years or so.”  Minnie Grey, chief negotiator

More about how the Nunavik Assembly (or Parliament) could function in the future can be found in the article, Sivunivut Forum, issue 9 of the Nunavik newsletter.

  • June 27, 2007
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