Celebrations across NWT mark 35th Anniversary of Inuvialuit Final Agreement

Former NWT Premier and IRC President Nellie-Cournyea-stands-at-1984-Signing-of-Inuvialuit Final Agreement. (ITK-Photo)

Folks are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the signing of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement today in Inuvik and across the

Inuvialuit Settlement Region, which stretches from Aklavik to Ulukhaktok, NWT.

The biggest celebration for Inuvialuit Day is being planned to happen in Inuvik at Jim Koe Park,  with a BBQ feast this afternoon, drum dancing, and northern games.

Inuvialuit are the Inuit of Canada’s western Arctic, who entered into a land claim agreement with the Government of Canada on June 5, 1984 with the signing of the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA).

Former-INAC-Minister-John-Munro with Inuvialuit Elder Agnes Simmler and Emcee and former NCS CEO Les-L.-Carpenter at the 1984 Signing-Ceremony. (IRC-Photo)

The Inuvialuit Regional Corporation was established to manage the overall affairs of the Inuvialuit Settlement Region as outlined in the IFA, after years of negotiations were started under the Committee of Original People’s Entitlement, alson known as COPE.

The Inuvialuit Settlement Area and agreement was historic and the first comprehensive land-claim in Canada.

Map courtesy of JSR.

If you have any questions about Inuvialuit Day celebrations, or wish to volunteer contact the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation Office in Inuvik at: (867) 777-7056.

CKLB recently spoke with Inuviluit elder and story teller Gerry Kisoun about spring time traditions, the changing climate and water safety. Here’s a link to that conversation.

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Josh Campbell
Start your morning with the Splash on Denendeh Sunrise from 7:30-8:30am. Campbell was trained and mentored by longtime CKLB host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Prior to hosting the morning show and filling in on the Saturday Request Show, he had stints in the Yukon on CKRW the Rush, CBC North in Yellowknife, and began his broadcasting career at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving North he was born and raised on the banks of the Tobique River, the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet First Nation.