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Makivik and FCNQ Sign Historic Agreement to Create New Company to Develop Renewable Energy in Nunavik

Ivujivik, Québec, February 21, 2017 – Inuit leaders from Makivik Corporation and the Féderation des Cooperatives du Nouveau Québec (FCNQ) are pleased to announce the creation of a jointly owned company to develop renewable energy projects in Nunavik. It will be a 100% Inuit owned company.

The FCNQ and Makivik Presidents signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today creating the new joint-venture during the Makivik Corporation Board of Directors meeting in Ivujivik, Nunavik.

Makivik President Jobie Tukkiapik stated, “This is an historic moment as the two main economic development organizations in our region will work together for the betterment of all Nunavimmiut. This new company will allow Nunavik Inuit to control the development of renewable energies in Nunavik and ensure that projects are environmentally sound and suitable for the region.”

Both the FCNQ and Makivik Boards have approved the joint venture, and have committed startup capital towards the new company. One of the main objectives is to develop local energy projects to supply energy to Nunavik communities together with the local Landholding Corporations, and the local Co-ops. Other energy projects could be developed for mining companies. The technologies envisioned include wind, solar, and potentially tidal power, as some Nunavik communities feature the highest tides in the world.

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Exploring a New Direction for Minor Hockey in Nunavik

Kuujjuaq, Québec, February 10, 2017 – Inuit leaders from Makivik Corporation (Makivik) and the Kativik Regional Government (KRG) have decided to chart a path for the future of Nunavik Minor Hockey following a Joint Executive meeting held to determine four hockey related funding applications to the Ungaluk Safer Communities Program (Ungaluk) on February 2, 2017.

Ungaluk supports initiatives preventing crime in the region. In 2014, Ungaluk was restructured to enhance the impact of the program as each project proposal undergoes an in-depth analysis and is scored based on crime prevention criteria, priority areas, and target groups. The Nunavik representatives of the Ungaluk Committee of Experts assist in the development of recommendations, which are then presented to the Joint Executives (Makivik and KRG) for a final decision.

The Joint Executives took a unanimous decision to develop hockey at the community level in Nunavik, with more focus on regional hockey development instead of competitions in southern Quebec, and to ensure that greater number of youth have access to supported hockey for a longer period of time at the community level. This new approach is consistent with the findings of the evaluation of the Nunavik Youth Hockey Development Program (NYHDP) conducted by Goss Gilroy Inc. (GGI) – one of Canada’s leading program evaluation firms. The full report of the evaluation is available online at www.makivik.org/ungaluk-program.

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Makivik Mandate

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.