Inuit org clarifies its position on Nunavut appeal court decision
"NTI is confident of the strength and justice of its case"
Nunatsiaq News recently reported on the complex decision of the Court of Appeal of Nunavut in relation to the Nunavut General Monitoring Plan component of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.’s larger implementation lawsuit.
NTI wishes to clarify four key elements of the decision. In relation to the NGMP, the court of appeal affirmed that:
1. Inuit are entitled to monetary damages for the government’s now admitted breach of its promises about the NGMP in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.
2. The damages are not limited to a nominal amount as the government argued.
3. A realistic approach to calculating the damages to Inuit must be applied, estimating the moneys saved by the Government of Canada in failing to implement the NGMP adequately and promptly.
4. The precise monetary amount of the damages to Inuit in relation to the NGMP should be determined at the main trial, along with judgment on all the other breaches of the NLCA.
These elements are important building blocks as NTI’s case proceeds towards the main trial that is scheduled for March 2015, in Iqaluit. NTI is confident of the strength and justice of its case.
NTI’s insistence on full, fair and timely implementation of the NLCA is of central importance to Inuit, and to all Aboriginal peoples relying on treaty and other promises made by the Crown.
Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
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