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What I Love about Nunavik!

Most recent comments:

The beauty of the land and the isolation it offers (sometimes the isolation is good depends on how you look at it). The people and the determination we all have for a brighter future for one another.
February 19 | Kuujjuaq at the moment

I love Nunavik because: everyone says hi to you without being passed by, I don't have to lock my doors, fresh tea is waiting and offered in every household, country food is shared for everyone!
February 19 | Kuujjuaraapik

la culture de son peuple
19 février | france

I love Nunavik because of all the beauty of the land that surrounds us, the fishing is awesome!!
February 16 | Kangiqsualujjuaq

histoire et la détermination du peuple
15 février | Montréal

February 14 | Ottawa

I am inuk from Nuuk, Greenland. And I was in Kuujjuaq last year. Inuit naapitat nuanneqaat inussiarneqalutillu :-) I would like to go there again sometime :-) 
February 14 | Nuuk, Greenland

February 14 | quebec

its peoples
February 14 | québec

I love Kangiqsualujjuaq and it's people.
February 14 | Quebec City

J'aime les couleurs de l'autumn sur le tundra
February 14 | Québec

It's Beautiful, the tundra
February 13 | Salluit

I love Nunavik Because There A Town Name Tasiujaq And The Land Is Soo Beautiful If You Come To Tasiujaq You Would Be So Surprise To See The Land Of Tasiujaq And walk On the Land The View You Would Luv
February 13 | Tasiujaq

I love Nunavik, because I love to being INUK and i pround to being INUK
February 13 | Tasiujaq

being inuk
February 13 |Tasiujaq

February 13 | Tasiujaq

It's my home, Yahoo! Yippedididoodaa!
February 12 | Salluit

I like Nunavik very much and no place like home in nunavik.
February 12 | Kuujjuaq

no traffic
February 12 | Puvirnituq

jouer au hockey
February 11 | Tasiujaq

Learning about the Inuit culture and  sharing  special friendship with Inuit people.
February 11 | Puvirnituq

The slower pace to life and the quietness
February 11 | Puvirnituq

I love the people.  They have welcomed me with open arms.  Amidst all their difficulties they are still a humble and determined people with forgiveness for those who have wronged them.
February 11 | Puvirnituq

  • February 1, 2007
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The Future of Nunavik

Near the end of November, the negotiators, Minnie Grey and Harry Tulugak met with eleven John Abbott college students and their counsellors. After the meeting, we asked them to share their thoughts on this question:

Do you think the future of Nunavik is positive or negative?
If yes, how? If no, why not?

Here are some of their answers, which for the most part were positive:

positive: Because it is in MY hands
positive: The views of our people is the need to stay together
negative: Because there are a lot of kids smoking drugs and drinking and they don't go to school much
positive: Because Inuit are very capable of surviving
positive: Nunavik is gaining their independance
We'd also like to know what you think. Do you see the future of Nunavik as being positive like many of the college students? If so, why? If you see it as negative, why not?

What is Self-Governance?

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The following question is particularly intended for participants in the Kuujjuaq forum on the theme of Self-governance in Arctic Societies: dynamics and trends. Anyone else that would like to add their opinions or comments is also invited to do so.

"What does self-governance mean to you? Where do you live, and in your opinion, are you part of a political or social structure that is self-governing?"

What do you think?

We were sent this email asking for your point of view:

"Hi, My name is Jérôme Bouchard. I’m preparing a master’s thesis at the Université Laval, in Quebec City, on the political developments in Nunavik.

A few weeks ago, during the symposium on the Nunavik Government held in Montréal, Pita Aatami, the President of Makivik Corporation, said that “the creation of Nunavik Government will be innovation at its best. It’s about breaking new ground - finding solutions where none exist before. (…) With the creation of a new form of government, we will finally be in a position to take back what we had lost. The creation of the Nunavik Government will be an important turning point in this struggle”.

I would like to have your opinion on this vision of the Nunavik Government. Do you share the optimism of Mr. Aatami? What are the first words that come to your mind when you hear about more political autonomy for Nunavik? What do you think is the main advantage of the Nunavik Government for the Nunavimmiut?

I invite every Nunavimmiut to share his vision on the Nunavik Government. I would also appreciate to read the answers of the Nunavik negotiators on these questions.

Jérôme "

Thanks for the question Jérôme. We would like to have your opinions. How would you answer Jérôme's questions?

A Question About the Conference

After the conference, A New Way of Governing: The Experience of the Inuit of Nunavik, this question was sent to the website:

"As a curious and a concerned citizen of Nunavik, l wanted to know why  the Nunavik Governors have not been invited to today's (Nov. 16 & 17, 2005) Nunavik Self-Government Consultation meetings in Montreal.

They, before anybody else should have been invited first with open arms by the Nunavik delegation."

Eliasie N.

A response is attached as a comment. Thankyou for your question.

Nunavik, Nunavut

These questions were sent to us by a visitor to the website:

> I am a new resident of Fort Smith, NWT and am interested in
> self government issues. Looking in from the outside it would
> seem to me that Nunavik would have more power if it was separated
> from Quebec.
> a) Could Nunavik become a separate territory like Nunavut?
> b) Could Nunavik join Nunavut?
> It would seem that the people in Nunavik have much more in common
> with Nunavut than Quebec, thus would be better off joining Nunavut.
> I would think that if Nunavik was still part of the NWT when Nunavut
> was created that Nunavik would have become part of Nunavut, thus
> joining Nunavik with Nunavut would seem to make sense.
> Best regards,
> Brian S

What do you think? Why have the people of Nunavik chosen to negotiate their own government? What kind of a relationship do you think Nunavik should develop with Nunavut?

Field trip to Nunavik general questions dialog

The objective here is to move minds and produce more ideas and share these ideas.

The concept of block funding has been discussed by our leaders for many years. It was linked & continues to be linked to decision making authority. Presently all "Public" funds are negotiated and "earmarked" for specific envelopes and can be used for no other purpose; i.e. Health and social services dollars cannot be used for funding municipal construction of roads, and vice versa, municipal funds cannot be used to hire nurses or doctors.

Social Problems in Nunavik

‘Life in Nunavik’ was a popular discussion topic. Many comments made by young people expressed a deep concern about social problems. “We live in a society where there are a lot of social problems. How can we get a "Nunavik government" when we can't solve our social problems…”?

This is a good point for reflection and a topic for exchanging ideas. All societies have social problems and so does Nunavik. All societies work towards solving their social problems and Nunavik is no different. It is not realistic nor possible to solve all social problems but it is possible to make large steps in that direction.

We would like your opinions. What do you think the most important social problems in Nunavik are? What do you think should be done to address or solve them? 

address a problem: direct one's attention to a problem

Comments and Questions from the Field Trip

The first part of the field trip of the negotiators took place on February 2l to February 25, 2005.  Communities visited were Kangirsualujuaq, Kuujjuaq, Kangirsuk, Aupaluk and Tasiujaq.  Kuujjuaq was revisited on March 7, 2005 as there was not enough time to hold a public meeting during the first visit.

The Agreement in Principle was presented to these communities through various forums. i.e. CNV meetings, public meetings, FM radio and student meetings.  During these meetings, different comments were made and questions asked.

We are presenting these comments and questions as they were raised and give responses that were provided.  It should be noted that although we have provided responses, they are not the means to an end.  We are only in the first phase of negotiatioins which is to produce an agreement-in-principle and a final agreement on the amalgamation of the public institutions which will become the Nunavik government.  In phase II, the Nunavik Gov't will be in a position to negotiate for new powers.  So we are just in the beginning of more work to come and changes to occur in the future. As it is,  it is not possible for us to answer all question especially those related to future powers.


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