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NEWS: Around the Arctic September 13, 2017 - 7:00 am

Inuit birthright firm sponsors new Nunavut fishing company

QC helps Sanikiluaq, Cape Dorset, Hall Beach and Igloolik HTAs join forces

Peter Kattuk, former MLA and cabinet minister, is now chair of the Qikiqtani Fisheries Alliance, a four-community organization supported by the Qikiqtaaluk Corp. (FILE PHOTO)
Peter Kattuk, former MLA and cabinet minister, is now chair of the Qikiqtani Fisheries Alliance, a four-community organization supported by the Qikiqtaaluk Corp. (FILE PHOTO)

Qikiqtaaluk Corp., the business arm of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association, has sponsored the formation of a new not-for-profit fisheries organization, the company said Sept. 8.

It’s called the Qikiqtani Fisheries Alliance and it comprises four hunters and trappers associations that have never before belonged to a fishing company: Sanikiluaq, Cape Dorset, Hall Beach and Igloolik.

Peter Kattuk of Sanikiluaq, a former MLA and Nunavut cabinet minister, will serve as the new organization’s chair.

“I am very pleased that these four communities, not otherwise affiliated with any Nunavut allocation holders, have now come together to form QFA,” Kattuk said in a news release Sept. 8.

The QC will provide management services to the new entity.

“QC is motivated to work as the management company for QFA. Our company’s mandate gives us the responsibility to work towards increasing the growth and sustainability of economic activity in all of the Qikiqtani region communities, including these four QFA communities,” QC chair Olayuk Akesuk of Cape Dorset said in the same news release.

This means that all Qikiqtani region HTAs now belong to a fishing company.

The Baffin Fisheries Coalition, Nunavut’s first fishing company, which dates to around 2001, comprises most of the HTAs on eastern Baffin Island.

The Arctic Fisheries Alliance, created in 2008, was formed by Qikiqtarjuaq’s Nattivak HTA and the HTAs in Arctic Bay, Grise Fiord and Resolute Bay.

The Qikiqtaaluk Corp. is involved in the eastern Arctic fishery through subsidiaries and partnerships like Qikiqtaaluk Fisheries Corp. and Unaaq Fisheries.

The new group’s objectives, listed in the QC news release are:

• harvest commercial fisheries allocations issued by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans;

• invest in inshore fisheries and community economic and social development;

• develop other potential fisheries-related projects and provide economic support for infrastructure;

• conduct research and surveys to identify species in waters adjacent to various communities; and,

• develop potential inshore and near-shore fisheries in the waters adjacent to Nunavut, which may include scallops, sea cucumber, clams, sea urchins, mussels, char, shrimp and-or crab.

“We see this opportunity as a great example for QC to use its existing knowledge and solid management in the fishery to offer support, guidance, and expertise to QFA to benefit the communities forming QFA,” Akesuk said.

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(3) Comments:

#1. Posted by Concerned HTO Member on September 14, 2017

Question arise each year after year with Directors with this Fisheries with AFA/BF ,

Ok here is where the hinders elected representative’s from each Board members from the HTO’s are they reporting to all members for the HTO like there Bonuses how much honorariums’ podiums monthly wage’s for executives directors , low returns go back to each HTO for big profits in return for the board rep’s to make there own call for there own gain , did the Board of the HTO agree with all this , who runs the fisheries Rep’s elected or HTO Board ? ,

And now this new development takes a turn for QC inshore fisheries ,

hope they can report better to each community this time push hard community members for what is happening for your future .

questions to ask ear’s

#2. Posted by Ahme on September 15, 2017

I would like to inform   that royalties are about 12 million a year ... but where does this money go to?
We as prople should stand up and get a transparency territory for us people .

#3. Posted by matt on September 15, 2017




Inuit have the right, in each and every calendar year, to be paid an amount equal to:
(a) fifty percent (50%) of the first two million dollars ($2,000,000) of resource royalty received by Government in that year; and
(b) five percent (5%) of any additional resource royalty received by Government in that year.

Government shall pay to the Nunavut Trust the amounts payable under Section 25.1.1.

taken from ( )
it looks like it is re-invested into Nunavut via Nunavut trust

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