Green Party Supports Nunatukavut Land Claim
(Labrador, October 8, 2015) – The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) today announced an official commitment from the Green Party of Canada to work collaboratively and urgently in a new Parliament to pressure the government to accept and negotiate the NunatuKavut Comprehensive Land Claim.
“The letter from Green Party Leader Elizabeth May states her clear commitment to the timely and effective negotiation and implementation of our land claim,” said Todd Russell, President of the NCC. “This principled and reasoned support from Ms. May and the Green Party is very important.”
The letter from Ms. May also speaks of transforming the relationship between Ottawa and Indigenous peoples.
“These are very encouraging words,” said President Russell. “It is certainly indicative of the many conversations that I have had with Ms. May about the issues affecting all Aboriginal people in Canada and, more specifically, the Southern Inuit of Labrador.”
The NCC approached each federal party leader to request their formal position on its land claim. Each leader was asked whether they would accept the Claim and enter into respectful negotiations should they become Prime Minister.
“We firmly believe that a land claim agreement would have a tremendous impact on securing the overall wellbeing of our people for many generations,” said President Russell. “To date, we have letters from three out of four federal party leaders. We strongly urge NunatuKavut members and supporters to consider this information when making a decision on who to support during the election.”
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For further information, please contact:
Kelly Nippard, Director of Communications, NCC, 709-280-5965