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NOTICE OF FINAL AGENDAS FOR UPCOMING REGIONAL PUBLIC HEARINGS 2021 DRAFT NUNAVUT LAND USE PLAN

On June 2, 2022 the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC or Commission) distributed Draft Agendas for the upcoming in-person Regional Public Hearings in respect of the 2021 Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan (DNLUP). As part of the correspondence, the NPC requested that participants provide the Commission with confirmation of their planned attendance, including comments or suggestions on the Draft Agendas and any specific logistical arrangements required during the Public Hearings. On or before June 30, 2022 the NPC received comments and suggested revisions to the Draft Agenda from the following some participants.

The NPC would like to remind participants of the following hearing dates:

  • Cambridge Bay, NU (September 12-15, 2022)

  • Rankin Inlet, NU (September 19-23, 2022)

  • Thompson, MB (September 26-27, 2022)

  • Pond Inlet, NU (October 24-27, 2022)

  • Iqaluit, NU (November 14-19, 2022)

The NPC has considered the changes and revisions to the Draft Agendas proposed by participants in their correspondence and has updated the agendas to provide greater time allocation and flexibility during the proceedings. The Final Hearing Agendas have been attached as Appendix I-V for the information of all participants. Times given in the attached Final agendas are approximate and the order of presenters and presentation times may be subject to change at the chairperson’s discretion during the proceedings. All written comments and submissions received to date on the Draft Agendas, the 2021 DNLUP as well as the Options and Recommendations Documents are available on the Commission’s Public Registry at: http://lupit.nunavut.ca/portal/registry.php.                                                                    For more, click on the below link to download the notice.

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Notice of Additional Comments Received and Next Steps for the Upcoming Public Hearings on the 2021 Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan (DNLUP)

The Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC or Commission) previously requested that participants provide additional and/or supplementary written submissions on the 2021 Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan (DNLUP) by April 15, 2022.

The Commission thanks participants who were able to provide additional and/or supplementary written submissions and notes that a number of participants have requested additional time to prepare their submissions. The Commission now encourages participants to provide any further written comments on the 2021 DNLUP by June 24, 2022 to ensure all participants have adequate time to review them in advance of the regional public hearings taking place in September through November 2022. 

In addition, the Commission previously indicated that the consultation record for the 2021 DNLUP would close 40 days after the conclusion of the final regional hearing. However, the Commission is now extending this timeline to January 10, 2023 recognizing the holiday period’s impact on schedules and notes that no further extension will be granted beyond this deadline. 
Please note that all written submissions received in respect of the 2021 DNLUP are available on the NPC public registry online at: http://lupit.nunavut.ca/portal/registry.php . The interactive maps and GIS files of the maps are available on the NPC’s website at www.nunavut.ca. 

For more, click on the below link to download the notice. 

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NUNAVUT PLANNING COMMISSION RECEIVES FUNDING TO HOLD ADDITIONAL HEARINGS TOWARDS COMPLETION OF NUNAVUT LAND USE PLAN

Iqaluit, Nunavut (April 11, 2022). The Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) will hold additional public hearings in the journey towards a final Land Use Plan for the territory, thanks to additional funding from the Government of Canada. Once finalized, the Plan will encompass one-fifth of Canada’s land mass, encompassing 3.3 million square kilometers including land, freshwater, and marine areas, and will be the largest land use plan of its kind in the world. The NPC applied for $5.5 million to fund community engagement meetings and two additional public hearings at Pond Inlet and Iqaluit in the Qikiqtaaluk (Baffin) region which will allow for completion of the final phase of the consultation process toward an historic first comprehensive Land Use Plan for Nunavut.

“We applaud the vision of the federal government and Minister of Northern Affairs Dan Vandal to fund these additional hearings and ensure that all the people of Nunavut are fully consulted,” said Commission Chair Andrew Nakashuk. “The funding is a crucial step towards fulfilling the vision of Inuit self-determination as required in the Nunavut Agreement and national reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.”

“This funding demonstrates Canada’s commitment to fulfill the terms of the Nunavut Agreement which requires Inuit-led land use planning as a key piece of self-determination,” said NPC Executive Director Sharon Ehaloak. “It also supports efforts to work together to create a final plan that will protect the Inuit way of life, Nunavut’s unique environment and wildlife while also creating economic opportunities for Nunavummiut.”

Please click on the link below to download the full News Release. 

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NOTICE OF NEXT STEPS FOR REGIONAL PUBLIC HEARINGS ON 2021 DRAFT NUNAVUT LAND USE PLAN-Updates

On October 21, 2021 the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC or Commission) postponed the Regional Public Hearings in respect of the 2021 DNLUP that were originally scheduled for November 2021 to March 2022 to provide all participants adequate time to review materials in Inuktitut, English or French. As a result of the most recent Covid-19 outbreak in Nunavut in January 2022, the Commission further postponed the regional public hearings to the fall of 2022.  Due to the recent easing of travel restrictions and changes to public health measures across Nunavut allowing for public gatherings, the NPC has decided to proceed with its plans to hold in-person public hearings in the Kitikmeot, Kivalliq, Qikiqtaaluk (North/South Baffin, Nunavik) Regions, and for affected Dënesųłiné communities in September to November 2022. The Qikiqtaaluk hearings remain subject to the availability of funding.

Copies of the 2021 DNLUP and Options and Recommendations document and all submissions filed in the NPC’s public record in association with the DNLUP are available online at: http://lupit.nunavut.ca/portal/registry.php. The Interactive maps and GIS files of the maps are available on the NPC’s website at www.nunavut.ca.

Hard copies of 2021 DNLUP and Options and Recommendations and the executive summary documents have been sent to the Municipal offices in each community. HTOs are asked to visit the Municipal office to pick up copies if they have not yet received them.

See the attached notice for more information. 

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NOTICE OF RESCHEDULING OF THE REGIONAL PUBLIC HEARINGS ON 2021 DRAFT NUNAVUT LAND USE PLAN

The current Covid outbreak in Nunavut has made the Commission’s intended preparatory community meetings unfeasible at this time. Following discussions with multiple communities and other planning partners, the Commission has determined that the most responsible path forward is to postpone the regional public hearings until the fall and conduct in-person community visits in the spring as guided by the Covid protocols in place at that time, or through Zoom or teleconference if necessary.

Parties should be aware that the new dates set below for the re-scheduling of the community visits and regional public hearings are tentative and may change depending on public health orders. Should the Commission subsequently make any changes to the timetable of events, these will be communicated through a procedural update.

Copies of the 2021 DNLUP and Options and Recommendations document and all submissions filed in the NPC’s public record in association with the DNLUP are available online at: http://lupit.nunavut.ca/portal/registry.php . Hardcopies of the DNLUP and supporting material have been mailed to affected communities. 

Do not hesitate to contact Solomon Amuno at: samuno@nunavut.ca if you have questions regarding this notice. 

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