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New community signs JBNQ agreement

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In front: Naulittuk Ainalik, Nuvummi; Charlie Tarkirk, Nuvummi; Markusie Iyaituk, Nuvummi; and Johnny Mangiuk, Nuvummi. Back row: Jean Boucher, Ungava MNA; Michael Gordon, Makivik; Jobie Tukkiapik, President Makivik; Ali Qavavauk, Nuvummi; Charlie Paningajak, Nuvummi; Adamie Kalingo, President Nuvummi; Andy Pirti, Makivik; Adamie Delisle Alaku, Makivik; Geoffrey Kelley, Minister responsible for Native affairs; and Kullu Qavavauk, Makivik. © Kimberly Labar

In July, Nunavik’s northernmost community officially joined the region’s land claims agreement. The letters patent mark the transfer of category 1 lands to Ivujivik. Ivujivik negotiated 525 square kilometres spanning its coastline, where the Hudson Bay meets the Hudson Strait, an important hunting ground for local Inuit and home to old Hudson Bay trading posts.

No development can happen on these category 1 lands without the permission of Ivujivimmiut, who will now be able to decide how to develop the land themselves.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the signing of the James Bay and Northern Quebec (JBNQ) agreement. The community of Ivujivik is the 24th supplementary agreement since it was first signed in 1975.