About the Lands Department
In July of 1993, with the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, Inuit have become owners of vast areas of Land. In the Kivalliq Region, on the western side of Hudson Bay, this area includes a total of 37,132 squares miles of surface land, and 5,040 square miles of subsurface land, including minerals.
KIA as a Designated Inuit Organization is mandated to deal with the Inuit Owned Land Management issues within the Kivalliq region. Through its Lands Department the Kivalliq Inuit Association administers the use of the surface lands, in order to meet the legal requirements and obligations contained within the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement and other legal statutes and instruments, regarding to surface land management.
Lands Department Activities
- Permitting, to access Inuit Owned Lands
- Land inspections
- Monitoring land use activity in the region
- Reviewing plans for mine development
- Ensuring communities and Community Land Administration and Resources Communities (CLARCs) are consulted
- Water Sampling
- Liaison with other organizations and companies active in the region