NUNAVIK, QC, Dec. 8, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Québec has completed steps to provide Nunavik with an official land rights infrastructure by making Québec's cadastre and land register accessible to Inuit landholding corporations, northern municipalities and their citizens, and investors.
Implementation of the infrastructure will involve the creation of some 4,000 lots in the Québec cadastre across 13 northern villages in response to specific needs expressed by major stakeholders in Nunavik, including Makivik Corporation, the Kativik Regional Government, and the primary owners of these private lands, i.e., Nunavik's landholding corporations.
Major government-initiated land reforms coupled with cutting-edge technology have enabled the government to modernize land register management. Furthermore, online register services have allowed government officials and Québec citizens to work together more closely.
"I'm pleased with the plans announced today, which will allow us to complete the land rights infrastructure for all private property throughout Québec and support Inuit communities in their social and economic development. Access to Québec's current land register system is a key tool for land corporations, northern municipalities, Makivik Corporation, the Kativik Regional Government, residents, and businesses. Implementing an official land rights infrastructure will drive development in Nunavik."
Pierre Moreau, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord
"Today's announcement is an important step in moving forward, and we can all be proud of what is being accomplished here. This is the kind of cooperation we want to maintain developing with the Government of Quebec. As newly elected president of the Nunavik Landholding Corporations Association, I would like to acknowledge the incredible work of my predecessors, and continue through our discussions with Makivik and the Government of Quebec to seek improving the means we have to administer our lands and empower our landholding corporations for the benefit of our communities."
Maggie Emudluk, President, Nunavik Landholding Corporations Association
"This is great news for Nunavik! Makivik Corporation and the KRG, as well as northern municipalities deserve to have access to a land rights management model similar to that used everywhere else across Québec. Whether through improved access to credit or simplified real estate transactions, Nunavik citizens and businesses stand to benefit greatly from the new land rights infrastructure."
Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Native Affairs
"This is great news for all Nunavik organizations and residents. The land rights infrastructure marks a major breakthrough in real estate transactions for all Nunavimmiuts."
Jean Boucher, Member for Ungava
- Benefits for landholding corporations, northern municipalities, Makivik Corporation, and the Kativik Regional Government:
- Better control over transactions, better land management, and better management of leases and other rights granted
- Access to a regularly updated geometric representation of land fragmentation
- Access to a sustainable development infrastructure
- Access to a land rights management model similar to that used everywhere else across Québec
- Benefits for Nunavik residents, businesses, and organizations and financial institutions:
- Ability to publish rights in the land register
- Better access to credit
- Simplified real estate transactions
- Better protection of land rights
- Benefit for land surveyors and notaries operating in Nunavik:
- Simplified, standardized work process identical to that used everywhere else across Québec
- Benefit for the Government of Québec:
- Project consistent with the government's desire to revise and streamline methods and offer online services
- For general information on the Ministry and to learn more about its activities and accomplishments, go to www.mern.gouv.qc.ca.
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SOURCE Cabinet du ministre de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles
For further information: Catherine Jobin, Press Officer, Office of the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Plan Nord, Tel.: 418-643-7295; Frédérique Brais-Chaput, Political Attaché, Member for Ungava, Tel.: 418-748-6046