Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

June 18, 2013 12:23 ET

CanNor Supports Economic Development in Nunavut

Project supports land use planning and development

IQALUIT, NUNAVUT--(Marketwired - June 18, 2013) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council today announced funding that will allow for improved planning for development of Inuit Owned Lands (IOL) by the Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA).

"The Government of Canada is pleased to invest in this project that has the potential to create jobs and economic opportunities for Nunavummiut," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Developing a plan for Inuit owned lands will help support a foundation for QIA's community planning, economic development and long-term prosperity."

"On behalf of QIA, I am pleased that CanNor is supporting Inuit with prudent land management practice in the Qikiqtani region," said QIA President Okalik Eegeesiak. "This funding will ensure that this practice continues, for the benefit of Inuit."

CanNor is pleased to announce funding of $49,052 to the Qikiqtani Inuit Association to assist them in outlining potential for commercial and/or residential development on IOL in six communities in the Qikiqtani region including Iqaluit, Kimmirut, Cape Dorset, Pangnirtung, Pond Inlet and Qikiqtarjuaq. The plan will also look at land use policy for municipal beach holdings and to establish administrative procedures and fee structure for applications.

The Lands and Resources Branch of QIA will manage the project in coordination with Qikiqtaaluk Properties Inc., the real estate development arm of Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, the economic development arm of QIA. The IOL General Development Plan will help to identify the potential for these IOL parcels and establish development guidelines.

The QIA is incorporated as a non-profit association and is the Designated Inuit Organization for Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) within the Qikiqtani region of Nunavut.

Investment for this project is made possible through the Aboriginal Economic Development (AED) Suite of programs. AED is one of several economic development programs within CanNor. CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable, and dynamic economy across Canada's three territories. CanNor delivers on its exclusive northern mandate though funding programs, providing project management services, leveraging the federal role in the North, serving as a champion for northern interests, and undertaking policy and research.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Cailin Rodgers
    Press Secretary

    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Vinnie Karetak
    Communications Advisor

    Qikiqtani Inuit Association
    David Joanasie
    A/Director of Communications