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NUNAVUT MINING: Seeking free, prior and informed consent from Inuit and Indigenous peoples must become the standard, says Idlout – Nunavut News

April 26, 2023

It is my pleasure to contribute in the feature on mining. I take this opportunity to discuss the bill that I have introduced, Bill C-326 an Act to amend the Territorial Lands Act. I introduced the bill at the House of Commons in March 2023.

The bill seeks to amend section 12 of the act so that it would now read (bolded words are what would be added):

The Governor in Council may make regulations for the acquisition of mining rights in, under or on territorial lands and the payment of royalties in respect of the acquisition, but such regulations shall

a) Provide that any such acquisition requires the free, prior and informed consent of Inuit and any other Indigenous peoples who would be directly affected by it; and

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