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“Nuvviti Development Corporation” Makivik’s New Company Named!

Wednesday June 7, 2017 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, QC – Makivik Corporation has named its new business development corporation following the holding of a naming competition among Beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA).

“Nuvviti Development Corporation” was selected by the Makivik Board of Directors out of a list of eight finalists as the winning name. It was submitted by three JBNQA Beneficiaries – Lucy Tukai of Inukjuak, Allen Gordon of Kuujjuaq, and Johnny Mususiapik of Kangiqsujuaq. They will each receive $700. In Inuktitut Nuvviti is the strong thick rope where all the dog team leads meet, and connect to the qamutik (dog sled).

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Statement from Makivik President on the Status of Diplomas for Students Graduating from the Kativik School Board in Nunavik

May 9, 2017 – Kuujjuaq, Nunavik – Makivik Corporation was shocked by the recent news released by the Kativik School Board (KSB) that Nunavik students have not been receiving standard Secondary School Diplomas for several years (since 2013 or 2015), and instead have been presented with “attestations” (Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary Studies, or AESS) from the KSB. This would be the result of the KSB math and science programs not meeting the Ministry of Education requirements.

“The situation is critical for students in school. We will take all necessary actions to shed light on the situation. I am angry…

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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.