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IMPORTANT NOTE: It has been agreed that all Guidelines and Policies, and Application Forms be drawn up in the English language, the mutual language of the parties hereto. All communication should be conveyed in this language.
The Complementary Agreement No. 18 signed on January 27, 2005, is an amendment to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement (JBNQA) regarding eligibility of Inuit beneficiaries.
This Agreement brings eligibility criteria and the definition of who is an Inuk into the hands of the Inuit themselves whom are best able:
- to define who is an Inuk and who is therefore entitled to be enrolled under the JBNQA, and
- to be recognized according to their own understanding of themselves, of their culture and traditions; and
- to be just and equitable for the determination and decision process of who is an Inuk for the purposes of the JBNQA are.
For additional information, we invite you to view the Enrolment Program for Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement Guidelines and Policies adopted by the Board of Directors of Makivik Corporation on June 1st, 2010.
The CA 18 came into force on May 1st, 2006, a very important date not to forget because, as of this date, new Inuit eligibility criteria and enrolment procedures took effect.
Decision-making power regarding enrolment of Inuit beneficiaries is certainly one of the major changes under the new Regime. While under the old Section 3 of the JBNQA, the decision making power was in the hands of the Secretary-general who, as a civil servant from the Quebec ministry of Health and Social services, was applying the conditions for eligibility contained at the old regime (Inuit ancestry and birth, adoption, marriage), since May 1st 2006, the decision making power is devolved in the hands of the Community Enrolment Committees who have now the responsibility to update their own community beneficiaries’ list via the work of their Community Enrolment Committee.
The Community Enrolment Committees apply their discretion in implementing the criteria listed at the C.A. 18, in order to take a decision on the application presented by an individual, or his/her legal representative for minors.
The Community Enrolment Committees must render decisions diligently by implementing the criteria set out in C.A. 18 in an informed, fair and consistent manner.
a. is alive; and
b. is a Canadian citizen; and
c. is an Inuk, as determined in accordance with Inuit customs and traditions:
d. identifies himself/herself as an Inuk; and
e. is associated with an Inuit community through family, residential, historical, cultural or social connections with such a community.
It is important to note that all persons, of Inuit ancestry or not, must apply and will be entitled to be enrolled as a beneficiary under the Agreement if she or he meets all enrolment criteria.
No. a person entitled to be enrolled as an Inuit beneficiary may not be so enrolled if the person is already enrolled under another land claims agreement in Canada, unless it is an agreement affecting the Inuit of Nunavik, including an agreement relating to the Nunavik Marine Region bordering on Québec, to Labrador or to the Labrador offshore area, or the person demonstrates that he has abandoned the prior enrollment.
Yes, if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the person no longer has sufficient ties with the Inuit community following a divorce, a legal separation, a de facto separation or the death of the person’s spouse having occurred on May 1st, 2006 or after that date.
Then, the local Community Enrolment Committee is responsible to decide, upon its own motion or upon the request of a beneficiary, whether that person meets the new eligibility requirements, if there are reasonable grounds to believe that he/she no longer have sufficient connection with the community.
The new regime does not affect the rights already acquired under the old Regime.
However, under the old Regime it was possible to enroll as a beneficiary by marriage to an eligible Inuit beneficiary BUT with the new Regime (since May 1st, 2006), a person that marries an Inuit beneficiary no longer acquires automatically the status of beneficiary.
As of May 1st, 2006, all persons will have to submit an Enrolment Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary (Adult) Application Form (Form A) to the local enrolment committee requesting to be enrolled as an Inuit beneficiary.
It is the responsibility of the Nunavik Enrolment Office created within the Makivik Corporation constituted by the Act respecting the Makivik Corporation (chapter S-18.1). The Nunavik Enrolment Office is located at:
Nunavik Enrolment Office
P.O. Box 179
Kuujjuaq, Qc, J0M 1C0
No discretion is devolved to the Nunavik Enrolment Office regarding eligibility and enrolment as an Inuit beneficiary. It provides support and coordination services for the Community Enrolment Committees and the Nunavik Enrolment Review Committee to exercise their responsibilities for enrolment of beneficiaries.
It is crucial for the Nunavik Enrolment Office to have an accurate, up-to-date of the Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries Register which data is used to prepare voters lists for elections; define and deliver Inuit specific programming; etc.
Note: It is the responsibility of a person enrolled as a Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary to inform his/her Community Enrolment Committee of affiliation whenever occurs a name change and/or any other modification to the information contained in the enrolment records, on the Lists and on the beneficiary card.
If residing outside territory, don’t forget to send to the Nunavik Enrolment Office a change of address notification when moving (Notice Change of Address when Residing Outside Territory).
The Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries Register is composed of the two (2) following lists, maintained and updated by the Nunavik Enrolment Office on a computerized database, in accordance with the decisions of the Community Enrolment Committees and of the Nunavik Enrolment Review Committee:
- Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries List; and
- List of Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries who have resided Outside the Territory for Ten (10) or more continuous years (referred also as “inactive list”.
The Nunavik Enrolment Office issues Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary Cards with photo to Inuit beneficiaries enrolled on the Inuit beneficiaries Register.
The following form must be completed and sent to the Nunavik Enrolment Office: Form H: Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary Card with Photo Application Form (Adult) and/or Form I: Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary Card with Photo Application Form (Child aged under 18 years old).
To enroll as a Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary, you must complete and sign the Form A (Enrolment Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary (Adult) Application Form) or in the case of a child, the Form B (Enrolment Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary (Child) Application Form.
Once completed and sign, you must send it to the Community Enrolment Committee you wish to be affiliated with.
Do not forget to attach all supportive documents to your application form (birth certificate – marriage certificate – death certificate, etc.).
A community enrolment committee has been created for each Inuit community. There are a total of sixteen (16) Community Enrolment Committees:
Kangiqsualujjuaq, Kuujjuaq, Tasiujaq, Aupaluk, Kangirsuk, Quaqtaq,
Kangiqsujuaq, Salluit, Ivujivik, Akulivik, Puvirnituq, Inukjuak, Umiujaq, Kuujjuaraapik, Chisasibi and Killiniq
(Community Enrolment Committees)
The functions of a Community Enrolment Committee are to maintain and update their community Inuit beneficiaries list.
Meetings are held a minimum of once every three (3) months and more often if deemed necessary by the Community Enrolment Committee, and they will ensure that all applications forms are dealt with properly, efficiently and expeditiously.
For additional information, we invite you to view the Community Enrolment Committee Guidelines and Policies of your community of affiliation.
- Akulivik Guidelines
- Aupaluk Guidelines
- Chisasibi Guidelines
- Inukjuak Guidelines
- Ivujivik Guidelines
- Kangiqsualujjuaq Guidelines
- Kangiqsujuaq Guidelines
- Kangirsuk Guidelines
- Killiniq Guidelines
- Kuujjuaq Guidelines
- Kuujjuaraapik Guidelines
- Puvirnituq Guidelines (English)
- Puvirnituq Guidelines (Inuktitut)
- Quaqtaq Guidelines
- Salluit Guidelines
- Tasiujaq Guidelines
- Umiujaq Guidelines
- Where a Landholding Corporation has been established in accordance with the Act respecting the land regime in the James Bay and New Québec territories: The Community Enrolment Committee is composed of the members of the Board of Directors of the Landholding Corporation and one (1) elder appointed via resolution by the Landholding Corporation, for a two-year renewable term period; and
- In Puvirnituq (where non-existing Landholding Corporation): The Puvirnituq Enrolment Committee is composed of 8 Members elected by the community through general elections organized by Makivik and appointed for a 2-year renewable term period.
The principles guiding the entitlement to exercise rights and receive benefits under the JBNQA are:
- has his/her residence established or re-established in the Territory (Rights and Benefits under JBNQA (a));
- has maintained his principal residence outside the territory for ten (10) or more consecutive years and his name is transferred to the list of Inuit beneficiaries who have resided outside the territory for 10 or more consecutive years(Rights and Benefits under JBNQA (b));
- has established his/her residence outside the territory during ten (10) or more years for purposes related to education, health or employment with an organization whose mandate is to promote the welfare of Inuit Territory (Rights and Benefits under JBNQA (c)).
Inuit beneficiaries normally residing outside territory are services by Health Canada for health considerations and have to apply to Health Canada to obtain a client identification number which begins with the letter “N” and followed by 8 digits.
In order to obtain an “N” number, Inuit beneficiaries must contact Health Canada (Québec region):
Telephone (toll-free): 1-877-483-5501
Telephone (Montreal Region): 514-283-5501
NO. An Inuit beneficiary who has maintained his principal residence outside territory for ten (10) or more consecutive years is not entitled to exercise rights or receive benefits under the JBNQA, and his name is transferred to the List of Inuit Beneficiaries Living Outside the Territory for Ten (10) or More Continuous Years, sometimes referred to as the “Inactive Beneficiaries List”.
His rights and privileges under the JBNQA are suspended until such time the residence is re-established in the Territory. In such a case, a Re-establishment of Residence in Nunavik Application Form (Form D) must be sent to the Community Enrolment Committee of the community of affiliation that must make a decision about the request.
Yes. For reimbursement, you need to transmit without delay the receipt of your purchase to the following address (Rights and Benefits under JBNQA (d)):
Non-Insured Health Benefits Nunavik
RRSS Nunavik RBHSS
P.O. Box 900
Kuujjuaq, Qc J0M 1C0
Toll Free 1-866-686-7262
and in Kuujjuaq 819-964-2222
Fax: (514) 486-5527
To enroll an adopted Inuit child as a Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary, a Declaration of Inuit Customary Adoption (Form G) must be completed and signed by the biological parents, the adoptive parents, the Mayor (or the Secretary-treasurer) of the Community Northern Village, and the President of the Inuit Landholding Corporation for the community, along with the Enrolment Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary Application Form (Child under 18 years old) (Form B).
The “Declaration of Inuit Customary Adoption Form” must be sent then to the Nunavik Enrolment Office who will then send the Declaration to the Civil Status Québec. The name and surname of the child given at birth will then be modified as declared in the Declaration.
It is important to note that non-Inuit parent(s) cannot adopt under the auspices of the Nunavik Inuit Customary Adoption a child of Inuit ancestries.
You must complete the Form E Removal from Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries Register Application Form and send it to the Community Enrolment Office.
NO. A beneficiary may not be affiliated simultaneously with more than one Inuit community. However, a beneficiary may apply to the community enrollment committee of an Inuit community other than that with which he is affiliated and obtain its consent to become affiliated with that other community.
The Nunavik Enrolment Review Committee has been created with the function to decide applications for review made by persons who are dissatisfied with a Decision of a Community enrolment committee.
A Request to Review a Decision Application Form (Form F) must be presented to the Nunavik Enrolment Office within twelve (12) months of the date of the Decision made by the Community Enrolment Committee.
Upon receipt of a duly completed Application for Review Form, the Registrar of the Nunavik Enrolment Office shall immediately forward to the applicant a Notice of Receipt Form which also includes instructions exposing the future steps that shall occur in the revision of the application.
Any and all expenses incurred by the applicant and/or by any directly interested party for the conduct of his/her representation are his/her own responsibility.
The Decisions of the Nunavik Enrolment Review Committee are final and binding.
For additional information, we invite you to view the Nunavik Enrolment Review Committee Guideline and Policies.
The composition of the Review Committee consists of a standing list of six (6) members appointed via resolution by Makivik Corporation among eligible Nunavik Inuit beneficiaries and coming, in equal numbers, from the Ungava region, the Hudson Strait region and the Hudson region.
When notified by the Nunavik Enrolment Office of an application for review, the members of the standing list designate three (3) members from among themselves to form the Review Committee. Each of the three (3) regions of Nunavik must be represented on the Review Committee.
A review by the Review Committee shall be by way of a re-hearing, and the Review Committee may agree to consider documents, information and further evidence other than those contained in the initial Forms submitted to the Community Enrolment Committee. Furthermore, it shall give to the interested parties an opportunity to make direct representations.
YES, but conditional that:
(a) 12 months have elapsed since the first community enrollment committee’s decision to refuse the application;
(b) the person waives the right to apply to the Nunavik Enrollment Review Committee for a review of the first community enrollment committee’s decision; or
(c) the Nunavik Enrollment Review Committee has rendered a decision upholding the refusal of the first community enrollment committee.
This form, to be sent to the Community Enrolment Committee, is to be used whenever a person of 18 years old and over, wishes to be enrolled to the Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries Register.
This form, to be sent to the Community Enrolment Committee, is to be used whenever a person wishes to have a child aged less than 18 years old, enrolled to the Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries Register.
This form, to be sent to the Community Enrolment Committee, is to be used whenever a person wishes to make a change or correction contained in the Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries Register.
This form, to be sent to the Community Enrolment Committee, is to be used whenever a person residing outside Nunavik for 10 or more consecutive years wishes to re-establish his/her principal residence in the territory.
This form, to be sent to the Community Enrolment Committee, is to be used whenever a person enrolled to the Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries Register wishes to be removed.
This form, to be sent to the Nunavik Enrolment Office, is to be used whenever a person is asking for a review of a Decision rendered by a Community Enrolment Committee.
This form is to be used whenever an Inuit child is adopted by Nunavik Inuit adoptive parents pursuant to the Nunavik Inuit Customary Adoption.
This form, to be sent to the Nunavik Enrolment Office, is to be used whenever a person aged 18 years old and over, wishes to obtain a Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary Card with photo issued by the Nunavik Enrolment Office.
This form, to be sent to the Nunavik Enrolment Office, is to be used whenever a person aged under 18 years old, wishes to obtain a Nunavik Inuit Beneficiary Card with photo issued by the Nunavik Enrolment Office.
Note that for children under 12 years old, no photo will appear on the beneficiary card.
This form, to be sent to the Nunavik Enrolment Office, is to be used whenever a person and/or an organization wish to obtain information contained in the Nunavik Inuit Beneficiaries Register.