Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

October 29, 2007 17:03 ET

Statement by the Honourable Chuck Strahl on the Introduction and Reinstatement of the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement Act

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 29, 2007) - The following statement was released by the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians:

"Our Government is pleased today to introduce and re-instate Bill C-11, the Nunavik Inuit Land Claims Agreement Act, in the House of Commons. This bill is reinstated as having been passed by the House of Commons.

This proposed legislation is intended to promote the long-term economic and social development of approximately 10,000 Inuit who reside in 15 communities along the coast of Ungava Bay and the eastern shore of Hudson Bay. Along with seeking to build a stronger future for the Nunavik Inuit, this bill aims to provide clarity over rights to ownership and the use of lands and resources, providing for a more stable environment for future development and investment in the area covered by the Agreement.

The next step for this proposed bill is first reading in the Senate which is expected to occur on Tuesday, October 30, 2007.

In the previous session of Parliament, this piece of legislation had the full support of the House of Commons. The Nunavik Inuit's own ratification process demonstrated overwhelming support for the Agreement. This bill clearly demonstrates that by working in partnership, negotiated settlements lead to win-win situations that balance the rights of all Canadians.

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Philippe Mailhot
    Press Secretary
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    Media Relations