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Pita Aatami and Benoît Pelletier sign a Complementary Agreement of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement

Kuujjuaq, Thursday January 27, 2005 – President Pita Aatami welcomes Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and of Native Affairs Benoit Pelletier on the occasion of his second visit to Nunavik to meet with Inuit leaders from Makivik Corporation and the Kativik Regional Government in Kuujjuaq January 27 and 28. Minister Pelletier and a delegation from the Secretariat aux affaires autochtone are to convene to discuss matters of concern in Nunavik, and to cement Complementary Agreement No. 18 of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.

The Complementary Agreement is an amendment to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) regarding eligibility of Inuit beneficiaries. This agreement provides for a new Nunavik Enrolment Office and Inuit Beneficiaries Register to be based in Kuujjuaq. Previously, there was no such office in Nunavik, and the registry was maintained in the Secretary General's office outside of Nunavik. Each Inuit community will also create a "Community Enrolment Committee", which will receive applications for beneficiaries.

This Agreement brings eligibility criteria and the definition of who is an Inuk into the hands Inuit, as they have been asking for the past ten years when Makivik created a special committee to consult the Inuit on eligibility criteria. Pita Aatami states that "the missing link on eligibility criteria is now being put in place through this agreement, that is, the Inuit communities will now have direct say, because we as Inuit are the best placed to decide who can be defined as an Inuk and eligible as a beneficiary of the JBNQA."

"I am proud to sign this agreement which will allow the Inuit to take charge of the definition and registration of the beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement and in so doing, to increase their responsibilities and their autonomy. This is a tanible example of a partnership that we wish to establish with the aboriginal nations," underscored Minister Benoît Pelletier.

Various matters such as the economic development of the region, municipal infrastructure and the more recent Federal Northern Strategy were to be discussed among the Inuit leaders during the two day visit of Minister Pelletier.

About Makivik Corporation

Makivik Corporation, established in 1978, represents the political, social, and economic rights of the Nunavik Inuit. Makivik’s activities include treaty negotiations, environmental impact evaluations, compensation accord negotiation, social and environmental research, renewable resource development, and various local and regional economic activities. Approximately 10,000 people live in Nunavik, 9045 of who are Inuit beneficiaries of the JBNQA. Unlike other First Nations, the Nunavik Inuit are taxpayers in their own right, paying both federal and provincial taxes on all the products and services they purchase.

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Source :

Lisa Koperqualuk
Responsable des communications
Société Makivik
(514) 745-8880

Damir Croteau
Attaché de presse
Cabinet du ministre délégué aux Affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes et aux Affaires autochtones
(418) 646-5950

Signature gouvernementale
Secrétariat aux affaires autochtones
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Online as if : January 27, 2005