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Updated: Indigenous self-determination talks begin – Northern Pen

Feds move towards Indigenous rights with Nunatukavut Community Council; Innu oppose negotiations

Happy Valley-Goose Bay — Discussions have begun between the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) and the federal government to recognize the Indigenous rights and self-determination of NCC members, NCC president Todd Russell announced Thursday in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

“It means that we will be engaged in talks about our people once again and have decision-making power over our lands and resources,” Russell said. “It means a greater ability to deliver programs and services like health care and education that are aligned with our values and way of life. It means that developments and projects should only be happening on our land with our consent and participation. It means that we should never again lose another community to relocation.”

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