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Kayak (Canada) - - FEATURE STORY -

Modern Treaties are known as com­pre­hen­sive land claim agree­ments. They are agreed upon between a First Na­tions group, the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment and the gov­ern­ment of a prov­ince or ter­ri­tory. Twenty-six modern Treaties have been made since 1975, and more than 100 oth­ers are be­ing talked about. The Nu­navut Land Claims Agree­ment is the largest such Treaty in Canada’s his­tory. In 1993 the cen­tral and east­ern part of the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries was re­turned to the Inuit, who be­came re­spon­si­ble for look­ing af­ter wildlife, wa­ter and the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.

Left: Paul Oka­lik, premier of the new ter­ri­tory of Nu­navut, and his chil­dren Shasta and Jor­dan talk to Prime Min­is­ter Jean Chre­tien (right) in April, 1999.

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