Hydro Québec’s Second-Tier Rate Increase Will Hurt Nunavik Residential Consumers
The Makivik Corporation and the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) disapprove of a recent decision by the Régie de l’énergie (energy board) to permit Hydro Québec to apply an annual 8% increase to the second-tier residential rate for off- grid networks north of the 53rd parallel beginning on April 1, 2016, including for the networks in the 14 northern villages.
The Régie decision ignores concerns raised by Makivik Corporation and the KRG regarding the detrimental social and economic consequences of the significantly higher increase for Nunavik residential electricity consumers compared with smaller increases announced for other regions, including for off-grid networks south of the 53rd parallel.
In its opposition to the annual 8% increase, Makivik Corporation and the KRG argue that the main factors of high electricity use in some Nunavik homes stem from overcrowding.
Politically, culturally and economically, Makivik has been a leader in building and developing a vibrant region called Nunavik, where, between the dualistic nations of Canada and Quebec, Inuit have established our own distinct place and identity. Makivik, which in Inuktitut means “To Rise Up,” is a fitting name for an organization mandated to protect the rights, interests and financial compensation provided by the 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the first comprehensive Inuit land claim in Canada, and the more recent offshore Nunavik Inuit Land Claim Agreement that came into effect in 2008. The Corporation’s distinct mandates ranges from owning and operating large profitable business enterprises and generating jobs;
to social economic development, improved housing conditions, to protection of the Inuit language and culture and the natural environment. Makivik’s work demonstrates the extent that modern aboriginal treaties or land claim settlements could benefit governments and Inuit. In 1975 when the first Agreement was signed, it took the position that “settling Inuit land claims” must be viewed in the context of a “new beginning” in terms of developing and implementing a new relationship and way of doing business with the governments of Quebec and Canada. Makivik Corporation and its subsidiary companies have a remarkably positive story to tell and we invite you to explore this site to learn more about Makivik and the Inuit of Nunavik.