Nunavut land use plan consultations pushed into next year

Kitikmeot and Kivalliq hearings delayed to March 2022

Nunavut Planning Commission executive director Sharon Ehaloak speaks at an announcement in July for the new draft Nunavut land use plan. Consultations for the new plan are being pushed into next year. (Photo by David Venn)

By Nunatsiaq News

Public hearings for a long-sought-after land-use plan for Nunavut won’t happen until early next year.

The plan will lay out which parts of the territory are protected from certain types of exploration and mining development. The Nunavut Planning Commission is responsible for devising the plan and must get Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., federal and territorial governments on board for it to be adopted.

NTI and the three regional Inuit organizations requested the hearings be rescheduled because they wanted more time to look over the plan and make sure all of the necessary documents are translated, states a release from the Nunavut Planning Commission.

“We listened to [Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated] and the Inuit organizations and we responded,” said NPC chair Andrew Nakashuk.

The public hearings were previously scheduled to start in the Kitikmeot and Kivalliq regions in November.

Rankin Inlet’s hearings will be rescheduled to March 14 to 18 while Cambridge Bay’s will be rescheduled to March 28 to 31.

The release states the hearings will be rescheduled for March 11 to 12 of next year in Thompson, Man., for affected Dene communities.

Inuit organizations shot down a proposed land-use plan in 2016, and the commission came back this summer with a new document which increases the amount of land to be protected, but offers more leeway on what development could happen on a portion of that protected land.

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