Makivik Corporation pleased with the TRC Report
Kuujjuaq, Nunavik June 2, 2015 The Makivik Corporation is pleased with the report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that has outlined 94 recommendations to end Canada’s ugly legacy in operating Aboriginal residential schools.
The report describes Canada’s past educational policy of aboriginal children as a “cultural genocide” and this is frightening. Many Inuit children from Nunavik attended residential schools in the region including Churchill, Manitoba more than 50 years ago and its horrible effects are evident today with high rates of suicides, school dropouts, unemployment and violence. Health officials and the Inuit population have known for years the residential school era was much to blame for the social misfunctions… (read more)
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.