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Jan 31, 2024
One of Nunavut’s founding fathers left out of devolution celebration in ‘oversight’
One of the leaders who was involved in the creation of Nunavut says he would have loved to have witnessed history earlier this month with the signing of the devolution agreement, if only he’d been invited.
Tagak Curley is a former MLA and one of the founding members of the organization that would become Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national voice for Inuit in Canada. He played a prominent role in the land-claims negotiations that provided the basis for Nunavut to become its own territory in 1999.
“I devoted my life pretty much to the land-claim cause,” Curley said this week in an interview.
Nunavut reached a new milestone on Jan. 18 when Premier P.J. Akeeagok, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and NTI president Aluki Kotierk signed a devolution agreement in Iqaluit that gives the territorial government control over a vast majority of its Crown lands and resources.