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Clyde River, Nunavut victory shows a community can band together and take on corporate Canada



CLYDE-NUNAVUT

Kent Driscoll
APTN National News

Before heading to the Supreme Court, the battle Clyde River, Nunavut was fighting with corporate Canada was a lonesome one.

Neither the QIA or NTI supported the community in its effort to stop seismic testing in its waters.

In fact, it wasn’t until the fight made it to Canada’s highest court did the two Inuit organizations join Clyde River.

The issue of consultation is at the heart of this issue.

While the oil and gas company did consult both organizations, it failed to talk directly to the people of Clyde River.

That was an error says Nunavut Tungavik Inc., Nunavut’s land claims organization.

“I think the best way would be to go to the community with an open mind, said Aluki Kotierk, president of the NTI. “Listen to what the community thinks the directions should be. Don’t go in with an already fixed idea when you go about doing something. You need to provide the time and resources so that community members can participate fully, in the consultation, and you need to be able to provide what communication in a language that people understand.”

 

Contact Kent here: kdriscoll@aptn.ca

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