Makivik’s distinct mandate ranges from owning 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.
Throughout its history Makivik has spoken on behalf of the Inuit of Nunavik in order to uphold the constitutionally protected rights of all Nunavimmiut.
In carrying out its mandate, which stems from the signing of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, Makivik works within the Nunavik region with the main organizations created as a result of the JBNQA, with the government of Quebec, and the government of Canada.
Makivik also works with fellow Inuit from across Inuit Nunangat – the Inuit homeland – as part of the national Inuit political process, formally represented by Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK). At the circumpolar level Makivik is a member of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC).
- To receive, administer, distribute and invest the compensation money payable to Nunavik Inuit, as provided for in the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement;
- to relieve poverty, to promote the welfare, advancement, and education of the Inuit;
- to foster, promote, protect and assist in preserving the Inuit way of life, values and traditions;
- to exercise the functions vested in it by other Acts or the Agreement; and
- to develop and improve the Inuit communities and to improve their means of actions.