Inuit delegates attending the Makivik Corporation Annual General Meeting in Aupaluk, Nunavik, in March, passed a resolution supporting negotiations towards long sought-after Self-Determination for the Nunavik region.
Makivik will establish a “Nunavik Constitutional Task Force” to develop a Nunavik Constitution in consultation with the Nunavik Inuit. Makivik has appointed Mary Simon as the Chief Negotiator of Nunavik Self-Determination and Inuit government.
Mary Simon is from Kuujjuaq, and is well known in Nunavik, across the Inuit homeland and the circumpolar world. She is a former President of Makivik Corporation, Inuit Circumpolar Council, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Canada’s first Ambassador to the Arctic. Simon contributed to the drafting of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and was instrumental in the creation of the Arctic Council in 1996.
Since October 2018, the government of Canada began negotiations with Makivik on a draft Memorandum of Understanding that will guide the negotiations. Self-Determination will be based on Inuit values, heritage, identity, culture, and language.