Nunavut’s ongoing devolution negotiations have another new bargaining partner at the table.
The federal government appointed Fred Caron to the position of chief federal negotiator on the Nunavut devolution file in July. Caron will work with Simon Awa, the Government of Nunavut’s chief negotiator, and Udloriak Hanson, chief negotiator for Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI), representing Nunavut’s Inuit under the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
A deal to transfer responsibility for the 80 percent of Nunavut lands now administered by the federal government to the government of Nunavut has sat on the federal government’s to-do list since a negotiation protocol was signed by the three parties in 2008. During her time as Nunavut premier between 2008 and 2013, Eva Ariak pushed Ottawa for a deal but the parties made no progress.