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Labrador inks deal

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

IQALUIT — Labrador’s Inuit are one step closer to completing a land-claim deal.

On Monday in Nain, Labrador, the Labrador Inuit Association signed an agreement-in-principle with the province of Newfoundland and the federal government.

“At long last the Inuit of Labrador have something to celebrate,” LIA president William Barbour said in an interview with The Labradorian newspaper.

The agreement-in-principle is not a binding legal document. It provides a detailed sketch of what a final land-claim agreement might contain.

Under the proposed agreement, Inuit will own 16,000 square kilometres of land in Labrador and co-manage another 78,000 kilometres. They will also gain a greater degree of self-government.

Barbour said he hopes a final agreement will be in place by the spring of 2003.

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