Nunavut Land Claims Agreement

ARTICLE 17

PURPOSES OF INUIT OWNED LANDS

PART 1
GENERAL

17.1.1
The primary purpose of Inuit Owned Lands shall be to provide Inuit with rights in land that promote economic self-sufficiency of Inuit through time, in a manner consistent with Inuit social and cultural needs and aspirations.

17.1.2
Inuit Owned Lands are expected to include areas with the following characteristics, not in order of priority:

(a)
areas of value principally for renewable resource reasons, including

(i)
principal or other wildlife harvesting areas,

(ii)
areas of significant biological productivity or of value for conservation purposes,

(iii)
areas of high potential for propagation, cultivation or husbandry,

(iv)
areas of current or potential occupation by outpost camps,

(v)
areas of value for sport camps or other tourist opportunities; and

(b)
areas of value principally for reasons related to the development of non-renewable resources, including

(i)
areas of known or potential mineral deposits,

(ii)
areas of value for various operations and facilities associated with the development of non-renewable resources;

(c)
areas of commercial value; and

(d)
areas of archaeological, historical or cultural importance.

17.1.3
Inuit Owned Lands shall, to the extent possible, provide for a mix of the characteristics outlined above in order to secure balanced economic development. However, the relative weighting of the characteristics with respect to any particular community or region shall turn on the actual and potential economic opportunities at hand and the particular community or regional preferences.

17.1.4
The Parties agree that the provisions of this Article have been complied with in respect of Inuit Owned Lands vested on the date of ratification of the Agreement.

17.1.5
Neither Government nor Inuit shall have a claim or a cause of action based on non- compliance with this Article in respect of Inuit Owned Lands vested on the date of ratification of the Agreement.