Federal, Nunavut governments’ Inuit employment plans not meeting promises: arbitrator

IQALUIT, Nunavut- An arbitrator has sided with the organization representing Nunavut Inuit, ruling that plans by the federal and territorial governments to increase Inuit employment in the territory are not meeting commitments in the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Part of the 1993 agreement aims to increase Inuit employment in the public service in Nunavut to levels representative of the territory’s Inuit population, 85 per cent. In a dispute that went to arbitration in 2020, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., or NTI,  argued the governments’ plans do not fully comply with that agreement. In an initial decision, arbitrator Constance Hunt agreed with the Inuit organization. She found the governments’ current plans fail to set long-term goals that explain how each department will reach and maintain representative Inuit employment, and they make it difficult…

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