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A view of Iqaluit on January 16, 2024. It is in the capital that the signing ceremony of the agreement on the transfer of responsibilities related to the lands and resources of Nunavut with the territory and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. is taking place. /p>

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    The agreement on the transfer of responsibilities for public lands and water rights, ending years of negotiations and paving the way for a future managed by and for Nunavummiut.

    The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, is expected in Iqaluit today for this signing, alongside the Premier of Nunavut, P.J. Akeeaghok, and the President of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), Aluki Kotierk.

    This signing ceremony concludes five years of formal negotiations. In 2019, the federal government signed an agreement in principle on the transfer of responsibilities related to Nunavut's lands and resources with the territory and NTI.

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    Nunavut is the last of the three territories to obtain devolution of resource management from Ottawa.

    Details of the agreement will be made public after it comes into effect.

    Nunavut is the last of the three territories to obtain management of its lands and resources. In 2003, the Yukon obtained the same responsibilities from Ottawa, followed by the Northwest Territories in 2014.

    The devolution of management powers of public lands and resources is the final chapter in the transfer of responsibilities between Ottawa and the territories.

    Unlike the provinces, which exercise powers granted by the Constitution, the territories have no inherent powers, except those transferred to them from Ottawa. The federal government has been transferring responsibilities and powers to the three territories, such as education, housing and airports, since the 1960s.

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    The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, in Iqaluit. The agreement signed today provides for the transfer of responsibilities related to the management of public lands and resources to the territory.

    Talks with Ottawa for land and resource management responsibilities began a few years after the creation of Nunavut on April 1, 1999.

    The signing ceremony will be followed by a community celebration in the evening at the Aqsarniit Hotel.

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