Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) will be pursuing Inuit Self-Government in Nunavut, following a resolution at its annual general meeting on Nov. 16.

The resolution will seek a negotiation mandate with the Government of Canada to exercise their inherent right to Inuit Self-Government.

In a release by the Inuit Organization, NTI is asserting that the Government of Nunavut has resisted the development of policies, programs and services which meet the needs of Inuit, who make up the vast majority of people in the territory, instead focusing on “the non-Inuit minority.” The release also decries the decline in the quality of life for Nunavut Inuit, as well as the loss of language and culture seen in Inuit communities.

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On Oct. 13, NTI announced it will be taking the Government of Nunavut to court over a failure to create a full Inuit-language K-12 education over the course of the past 22 years.

“At NTI, we wholeheartedly understand how difficult it will be to continue to struggle under a regime that does not support us nor wants us to succeed in fulfilling the vision of a prosperous and thriving Nunavut envisioned by young, bold Inuit leaders in the 1970s,” stated Aluki Kotierk, President of NTI.

With the passing of this resolution, NTI will be actively looking toward developing an Inuit self-government with the federal government.

“We owe it to Inuit to represent their full potential,” said Kotierk.

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  1. “How firm we stand as sovereign people will determine the strength of our children’s heartbeats.”

    I made that comment at the Thomas Berger hearings in 1984 while I was 8 mos. pregnant with my only child Cara.
    I am with you and ALL MY INUIT PEOPLES OF THE NORTH as we continue to forge forward, affirming our collective stance as a distinctly-designed Indigenous peoples of the North, as we ALL make sincere and true efforts in the steps & strides we make, AS ONE, moving collectively forward re-affirming who we are as the Inuit of the North.
    Quyaanaqpuk….
    Polly Koutchak ‘Uyagaachiaq’

  2. “How firm we stand as sovereign people will determine the strength of our children’s heartbeats.”

  3. We, as a collective Inuit nation on the arctic tier of the world, must push for the self-governance that is presently beginning to make long-awaited moves to come into fruition. Just as I have recently & compassionately shared with the Nunavik peoples at the eastern edge, they as a unique peoples of the North, must say NO to the mining company that wants to be granted an extension/expansion of that predatory mining industry in their midst. We, as indigenous peoples of the North, were uniquely designed to honor and respect the vast landscape of our northern peoples, for this underscores the unique relationship we have with it. With the endless encroachment promoting & neglectful policies of the Canadian federal government, this type of federal governmental structure has made hollow promises over many decades AND has just placated its’ southern wants & needs. As a result, the causes of widespread disengagement from and the prolonged-promotion of an existence that is not WHO WE ARE AS INUIT, has just promulgated our people to remain in a languishment, as displayed in symptomatic features of suicide, domestic abuse, alcoholism, which equates to self-brutalization upon ones own peoples. It is time for our collective peoples of the North to stand up and support the long-awaited Self-Governance efforts that has just recently come into the long-awaited TRUE REALITY of exercising our inherent rights we do possess and are more than ready to exercise.

  4. I will agree with this. Southern politics do not reflect the Inuit people. Allow self governance (also just to add to the mix – I am a Caucasian male)