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Labrador Inuit Land Claims Interim Measures Agreement 2001
|Date: ||16 November 2001|
|Sub Category:||Interim Measures Agreement (Canada) | Comprehensive Land Claims Agreement (Canada)|
|Location:||Labrador, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada|
|Subject Matter:||Land Management | Cultural Heritage | Environmental Heritage | Land Settlement|
|Summary Information: |
|The Labrador Inuit Land Claims Interim Measures Agreement (the Agreement) was signed by the Labrador Inuit Association (LIA), the Government of Canada and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador on 16 November 2001. It is designed to protect the Inuit rights and benefits negotiated in the Agreement-in-Principle, prior to the conclusion of a final land claims agreement. The Agreement is not legally binding and is without prejudice to any position taken by a Party throughout negotiations towards the final agreement. The Agreement is to remain in effect for a period of two years or until the Effective Date of the final agreement, whichever happens first.|
|Detailed Information: |
|The Agreement protects Inuit rights of harvesting for food, social and ceremonial purposes. It provides for an agreement between the parties to cooperate in an effort to develop a proposal for the creation of a polar bear management zone. It also addresses the issue of surface interests to land, and provides that the Province will not execute any new grants, leases, licenses or easements without the consent of the LIA. Other types of interests may be granted without consent, but not without consultation. Similarly, with respect to the development of non-renewable resources, the Province agrees to consult the LIA before approving any application for exploration. |
In areas identified and selected as Labrador Inuit lands (LIL), the Province agrees that it will not permit the development or processing of minerals without the consent of the LIA. Similar terms relate to water development projects. The Province also agrees that it will not authorize any new commercial wildlife operations in the Land Claims Settlement Area (LISA) while the Agreement is in effect. No new timber sale agreements will be entered into by the Province in the LISA without consultation with the LIA.
The Agreement also sets out interim arrangements for archaeological activities within the proposed boundaries of Inuit communities, which provide for consultation with LIA except in the case of an emergency. Similar consultation arrangements exist with respect to ocean management, protected areas and environmental assessment. Finally, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador agrees to consult LIA before proposing any legislative change regarding harvesting, land, minerals, land use planning, management of land or water, or environmental assessment in LISA. This also applies to changes to the Fisheries Act and its corresponding regulations.
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