Nunavut Land Claims Agreement I

Program: Inuit studies 0902X
Term: Fall
Course code: SSC0091

The Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) signed in 1993 was a watershed event in the Inuit struggle to regain control of their lives and their lands. The agreement was the result of almost 20 years of negotiations between the Inuit of the Eastern Arctic (now Nunavut) and the Government of Canada.

The NLCA was a complex agreement that involved compromise on both sides. In the end, however, Inuit were able to achieve three of their primary goals: an equal say in the management of their lands and resources (renewable and non-renewable), a share of the benefits from any economic development taking place in their territory, and finally, an agreement by the government to divide the existing Northwest Territories to create a new political territory called Nunavut where Inuit would make up the vast majority of the population.

This course focuses on those provisions of the NLCA that ensure that Inuit have a role in the management of land and resources in Nunavut.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the overall structure of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA).
  • Summarize those sections of the NCLA that ensure Inuit have rights to an equal say in lands and resource management in Nunavut
  • Describe the operations of the various organizations and institutions involved in land and resource management in Nunavut.
  • Research and analyze past and present issues associated with land and resource management in Nunavut
Learning Activities
  • lectures by instructors
  • guest presentations by, and conference calls with, land claim officials (past and present)
  • group discussions
  • videos
  • individual reading and research
  • group collaborative projects