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The Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) has responded to concerns raised by Inuit organizations about access to documents by rescheduling public hearings on the 2021 Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan until early 2022.

The decision to reschedule the hearings was made after Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) and the three Regional Inuit Associations (RIAs) informed the NPC that they needed “sufficient time to review the DNLUP 2021” and have all relevant documents and maps made available in Inuktitut as well as paper copies of the materials available at the community level.

“We listened to NTI, and the Inuit organizations and we responded,” said Commission Chair Andrew Nakashuk. “We want to ensure the final plan reflects their views and puts Nunavut on a path for future sustainable economic development while protecting our culture, wildlife, and environment.”

The public hearings have been rescheduled to the following dates and locations:

  • March 10 - 11th, 2022, Thompson, Manitoba (Royal Canadian Legion) for affected Dënesųłiné communities in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan
  • Mar. 14 – 18th, 2022, Rankin Inlet, Nunavut (Singiituq Complex)
  •  March 28 – 31st, 2022, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut (Luke Novoligak Community Hall)

By rescheduling the hearings, the Commission is sending a strong message that it takes seriously its responsibility to comply with all aspects of the Nunavut Agreement and respect the language, tradition of Inuit oral communication and other rights of Nunavummiut. In addition, it may allow for greater participation from the community of Coral Harbour in the Kivalliq Region which has been under travel restrictions because of a COVID 19 outbreak.

More than 100 participants have registered to take part in public hearings as the NPC continues the journey toward a final Land Use Plan for the territory. Once finalized, the Plan will encompass one-fifth of Canada’s land mass, representing 2.1 million square kilometres of land and water.

“We understand how important this is for Nunavut and we want to hear from as many people and organizations as possible,” said NPC Executive Director Sharon Ehaloak. “We look forward to seeing their submissions at the public hearings as we move towards a final Plan that strikes the right balance for the territory.”

The NPC hopes to hold additional hearings in Pond Inlet and Iqaluit later in 2022 subject to the availability of funding from the Government of Canada. The draft Plan will be revised, and a recommended Plan will then be submitted to the Government of Canada, the Government of Nunavut, and Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. for consideration. The 2021 Draft Land Use Plan can be found at:  

About the Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) The Nunavut Planning Commission (NPC) is responsible for the development, implementation, and monitoring of land use plans for resource use and development in the Nunavut Settlement Area. The NPC was established in 1993 under the Nunavut Agreement.

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Notice of Extension for Written Comments on the 2021 DNLUP

In view of the fast-approaching Public Hearing dates and recognizing the desire for all parties to have adequate notice and time to prepare for the upcoming proceedings, the Commission hereby notifies all participants that the requested date of written comments on the 2021 DNLUP is extended to October 8, 2021. Parties are reminded to direct all enquiries including forthcoming submissions directly to the Commission at:

The commission is also reminding interested parties that they can register as participants to the upcoming public hearings by completing Form 1 of the Commission’s Rules for Public Proceedings, by September 30th.

In addition, please note that a corrected English version of the DNLUP is available on the NPC’s Public Registry that addresses issues with references to site numbering on Map A.

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On July 8, 2021 the Nunavut Planning Commission released a revised 2021 Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan (DNLUP) and supporting Options and Recommendations document.

On July 21, 2021 the Commission met and reopened the record for submissions on the 2021 DNLUP. Written submissions on the 2021 DNLUP are requested to be filed by September 30, 2021. All responses can be submitted by email at, by fax at 867-979-3443, or by mail at Box 1797, Iqaluit, Nunavut X0A 0H0. Participants with capacity are encouraged to provide translated copies of their submissions. Please click the read more button below to download the full notice for more details. 

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Latest News It's here! The Updated 2021 Nunavut Draft Land Use Plan has been released. The Draft Plan is aimed at protecting the environment and promoting the wellbeing of residents and is the result of extensive consultations.

If you would like to view the News Release and Backgrounder documents, as well as the 2021 Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan and the O&R documents,  please click on the read more button below. The 2021 DNLUP and O&R are also available in the Public Registry.

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Notice of News Conference for the Release of 2021 Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan and Options and Recommendations document

The Nunavut Planning Commission will release a revised 2021 Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan and Options and Recommendations document on Thursday July 8th.

A news conference is being held at 10:00 AM Eastern, which will be broadcast on Uvugat TV at, and livestreamed at:

Copies of all material will be available on the Commission’s website, and a notice setting out next steps in the planning process will follow.

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