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What is devolution?

A devolution agreement will transfer this federal jurisdiction to the GN and will outline the transfer of federal programs and services, including the positions required to deliver them.

Devolution is the transfer of federal jurisdiction over Nunavut’s lands, resources and inland waters to the Government of Nunavut (GN). A devolution agreement will transfer this federal jurisdiction to the GN and will outline the transfer of federal programs and services, including the positions required to deliver them.

The transfer of jurisdictional responsibility is a crucial component for the territory’s long term development and self–reliance for Nunavummiut. The conclusion of a devolution agreement and its implementation is therefore a major priority for the GN. The nature and complexity of devolution has required an ongoing division dedicated to negotiating and implementing a devolution agreement. The division leads and coordinates devolution negotiations with the Government of Canada (GC) and Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI). The Division is also charged with implementing the final agreement in the years following the negotiations.

To achieve the Tamapta strategic commitments planned for 2009–13, the department will work with NTI and the GC to arrive at a Devolution Agreement-in-Principle consistent with the political aspirations and vision of Nunavummiut.

Negotiating and implementing a devolution agreement will support Tamapta by demonstrating our ability and commitment to advance Nunavut’s political development. This will further establish our place and presence in the Canadian federation, supporting Canada’s sovereignty and our voice in the international community.