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Nunavut Political Accord

Category: Agreement
Date: 1 January 1992
Sub Category:Political Accord (Canada)
Location:Nunavut, Canada
Subject Matter:Self Government
Summary Information:
The Nunavut Political Accord was signed in October 1992 by the Canadian Government, the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Tungavik Federation of Nunavut. The Accord was established according to Article 4 of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

The Political Accord detailed the timetable and process for establishing Nunavut, including the following:

  • The Nunavut Act shall be similar to the Northwest Territories Act, including all provisions of the former Act except those inconsistent with the Nunavut Act. The Accord recommends that the Nunavut Act should come into force no later than April 1, 1999, particularly those required for the transition of government.

  • The Powers of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly and Government shall be similar to the powers of the Northwest Territories. Sufficient authority should be passed to the Nunavut government to enable it to fulfil its obligations under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

  • A Nunavut Implementation Committee shall be set up to provide advice on matters including the timetable of transition, election processes, division or responsibilities and liabilities between governments and administrative design for the new government.

  • The Nunavut government shall be provided with the administrative capacity to establish and maintain legislative bodies, manage the financial affairs of Nunavut and maintain public works and government services.

  • Canada shall establish a financial arrangement with government of Nunavut according to a formula-based system. These arrangements must allow territorial and local governments to provide public services to residents.

  • Investment in people is to be paramount. This requires training Nunavut residents to enable access to jobs in the new government system.

    The Nunavut Political Accord notes that the creation of a new Nunavut Territory with its own government is a fundamental objective of the Inuit of Nunavut.

  • Related Entries

    Agreement
  • Nunavut Land Claims Agreement
  • Nunavik Inuit Marine Region Agreement-in-Principle 2002
  • Organisation
  • Government of Canada - Signatory
  • Government of the Northwest Territories - Signatory
  • Tungavik Federation of Nunavut - Signatory
  • Legislation
  • Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act
  • Nunavut Act 1993
  • People
  • Inuit of Canada
  • Nunavut Inuit

  • References

    Book Chapter
    Palmer, L, Tehan, M, (2006) ‘Anchored to the land’: Asserting and Recognising Aboriginal Jurisdiction in the Northwest Territories', in Langton, Mazel, Palmer, Shain, Tehan (eds), Settling with Indigenous People: Modern treaty and agreement-making (The Federation Press, 2006).
    Media Release
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2002) News Release: Offshore Agreement-inPrinciple Signed with Nunavik Inuit
    Resource
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2002) Nunavit Inuit Marine Region Agreement-in-Principle
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2002) Fact Sheet: Nunavik Inuit Marine Region Agreement-in-Principle
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (2002) Backgrounder: Nunavit Inuit Marine Region Agreement-in-Principle
    Mapleleafweb (2002) The History of the Nunavut Inuit

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    Political Accord (Canada)

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