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Research Projects

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Implementing Indigenous Self-Government in Canada: Lessons from Nunatsiavut

Researcher: Christopher Alcantara & Graham White
Contact email: CALCANTA@UWO.CA, GWHITE@CHASS.UTORONTO.CA
Links: Chris Alcantara

This project studies the political formation of the Nunatsiavut Inuit Government, and how the agreements during the signing of the land claims agreement are being carried out today, over a decade since they were first signed.

Nunatsiavut as a government has a unique structure that is drawn from both the settler and Inuit world, this study will examine how this hybrid functions, and what role traditional Inuit knowledge plays in governance.

The case study examines how Nunatsiavut’s comprehensive land claim agreement between the Labrador Inuit and the federal and provincial governments is functioning now, and whose responsibility is it to ensure it is fully honoured as a modern day treaty. The study will compare Nunatsiavut’s experiences with traditional knowledge and accountability and transparency policies with other Inuit and Indigenous communities.