Inuvialuit Final Agreement turns 28

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“It’s important because we worked hard on (the agreement), and now we can have a good time over it,” said Inuvialuit elder Edward Lennie. “We’ve got to keep it up and pass this on to the younger people.”

The final agreement was struck between the Government of Canada and the Committee for the Original People’s Entitlement (COPE) after 10 years of negotiations. Under the agreement, the Inuvialuit gained full control of 91,000 square kilometres of land, along with the right to hunt and harvest anywhere in their settlement area.

The Inuvialuit Final Agreement created the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, along with many subsidiary corporations to manage development, investment, resources, land, wildlife and more.

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