Labrador land claim nears final bend


After 30 years of negotiation, Labrador Inuit are nearing the final stage of their land claim agreement.

The Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement Act was introduced in the House of Commons last Monday.

Labrador Inuit voted for the deal in May 2004. The Newfoundland and Labrador legislature passed the agreement last December.

The deal will create the Nunatsiavut Government, ruling an area of about 72,500 square kilometers. It comes with about $296 million from the federal government.

This marks the final Inuit land claim in Canada. William Anderson III, president of the Labrador Inuit Association, said the deal “closes the circle of negotiations.”

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