IQALUIT, March 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, along with the Premier of Nunavut, Peter Taptuna, and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated President, Cathy Towtongie, announced agreement on funding level increases to Nunavut's Institutions of Public Government.
This additional support from the Government of Canada will help the Boards, who make up Nunavut's Institutions of Public Government, continue doing business in the North. The funding increases will create greater opportunity for resource development by maintaining a strong regulatory regime in Nunavut.
This funding is being provided as a part of the renewal of the Implementation Contract of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Canada, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated and the Government of Nunavut are required to negotiate a renewed Implementation Contract every 10 years. The increases to Nunavut's Institutions of Public Government funding are a result of the ongoing negotiations for the renewal of the Implementation Contract for the 2013-2023 period.
Funding increases are as follows: Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal 20%, Nunavut Impact Review Board 55%, Nunavut Water Board 55%, Nunavut Planning Commission 25% and Nunavut Wildlife Management Board 13% for base funding and 33% for Hunters and Trappers Organizations and Regional Wildlife Organizations.
- The 1993 Nunavut Land Claims Agreement is the largest comprehensive land claim settlement in Canadian history.
- On April 1, 1999, the territory of Nunavut was established, thereby creating the Government of Nunavut.
- The Nunavut Land Claims Agreement establishes Nunavut's Institutions of Public Government as the cornerstone of the cooperative management of land and resources.
- Since 1973, Canada and its negotiation partners have signed 26 comprehensive land claims and three self-government agreements.
"These institutions of public governance are integral to municipal development, traditional harvesting of wildlife, the protection of endangered species, and the responsible resource development of Nunavut's natural resources. Implementation of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement provides Nunavummiut with the increased capacity to invest in, benefit from and manage the territory's development potential. The successful implementation of modern treaties in Canada creates a positive and stable climate for investment and economic growth."
- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council
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SOURCE Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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