NTI’s beefs with the GNWT
IQALUIT Here are some of the reasons for Nunavut Tunngavik’s decision to set itself up as an unnoffical opposition to the GNWT in Nunavut:
The GNWT decision made through the Keewatin Regional Health Board to terminate the health board’s longstanding contract with the University of Manitoba’s northern medical unit “It has caused an enormous outcry from residents of the Kivalliq region, yet the GNWT has not moved to respond to those concerns,” NTI says in a background paper.
NTI says the GNWT has never properly implemented Article 24 of the Nunavut land claim agreement. That’s the section that sets out ways in which governments must help Inuit-owned companies win government contracts.
NTI says the GNWT is ignoring the “requirement” to negotiate Inuit impact and benefit agreements when new territorial parks are created, such as in the GNWT’s proposal to create a new park west of Kugluktuk in the Bluenose Lake area.
NTI says the GNWT is ignoring requirements for environmental monitoring and regulation, especially in connection with complaints made by Baffin Inuit about the Nanisivik and Polaris mines.
NTI says the GNWT’s protected areas strategy set up to deal with the BHP diamond mine development ignores an existing process for creating protected area’s set out in the Nunavut land claim agreement.
NTI says the decision to fast-track a new fuel delivery system in the Kivalliq region will have “a profound impact on the re-supply infrastructure in both the Kivalliq and Kitikmeot regions.”