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Nunavik is made up of 14 northern villages where more than 13,000 Nunavimmiut live. (Archive photo)

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The government of Quebec and the Makivvik Corporation, which ensures the defense of the interests of the Inuit of Nunavik, have agreed on the framework for future negotiations surrounding the creation of an autonomous government north of the 55th parallel.

Quebec Premier François Legault made the announcement on Wednesday, accompanied by Makivvik President Pita Aatami.

The Inuit of Nunavik particularly wish to obtain control of regional public institutions which deal, for example, with health and education. The signing of this agreement will therefore mark the negotiations, planned for 2024.

I am extremely proud to highlight an important milestone in the negotiations for the creation of an autonomous government in Nunavik. […] Our collaboration with the government of Quebec demonstrates a deep respect for our unique cultural identity and a commitment to a future that respects the rights of the Inuit of Nunavik, declared in a press release the president of Makivvik , Pita Aatami.

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Pita Aatami is the president of Makivvik, a political institution dedicated to defending the interests of the Inuit of Nunavik.

For his part, Prime Minister François Legault underlines that this agreement is a step towards reconciliation with the Inuit of Nunavik, by approaching a nation posture to nation.

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Reconciliation with indigenous peoples is a responsibility that we must assume in Quebec. I am proud that we have been moving in this direction for several years, with a respectful approach. […] I am optimistic for what is to come in relations between our two nations, declared Prime Minister Legault in a press release.

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François Legault says he is optimistic about the outcome of the negotiations. (Archive photo)

Well before the signing of this agreement, the Makivvik Corporation had already appointed two negotiators in this matter. They are the former mayor of Kuujjuarapik, Anthony Ittoshat, and the former mayor of Kuujjuaq, Tunu Napartuk.

The two men believe that the creation of an autonomous government in Nunavik is essential for the protection of Inuit culture and the traditional language, Inuktitut.

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Tunu Napartuk was mayor of Kuujjuaq between 2012 and 2018. (Archive photo)

On the other side of the negotiating table, the Minister responsible for Relations with First Nations and Inuit, Ian Lafrenière, underlines the importance of this agreement process.

I look forward to the rest of the negotiations with great enthusiasm and I look forward to seeing the concrete change that will result from them. Today, this is a first agreement, but others will follow shortly, he declared in a press release.

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Minister Lafrenière envisages the continuation of the negotiations with great enthusiasm. (Archive photo)

However, this is not the first time that the Inuit of Nunavik have demanded more autonomy from the Quebec government.

Three agreements have already been ratified in 2003, 2007 and 2011. The last negotiation in 2011 led to a referendum on the merger of the three main public institutions of Nunavik, namely the Kativik Regional Administration, the Regional Health and Safety Authority. Nunavik social services and the Kativik School Board.

More than 66% of Nunavimmiut opposed this proposed merger, which was then considered the first step towards the creation of an autonomous government.

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