“Canada has a choice when it comes to defending our sovereignty over the Arctic. We either use it or lose it. And make no mistake, this Government intends to use it. Because Canada’s Arctic is central to our national identity as a northern nation. It is part of our history. And it represents the tremendous potential of our future,” said Stephen Harper back in July 2007.
Indian & Northern Affairs Canada and the Prime Ministers office along with the Privy Council of Canada announced this morning that they will implement the entirety of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement (NLCA) to be true to what the Prime Minister said back in July 2007.
Chuck Strahl, the minister of INAC, PM Stephen Harper and Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq gave a press conference to a packed conference room in downtown Ottawa hotel to announce their intentions and to apologize for the unnecessary agony that Inuit families and politicians alike had to endure for the past 17 years, since the signature of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement in 1993.
PM Stephen Harper said this personally: "We apologized to residential school victims and now we are doing another historic initiative to mend our twisted view of the world, that we have been imposing on the Inuit of Nunavut. We have been telling Inuit how to live, telling them how to go to school and how to spend their money. From now on we are giving all control of government operations to the Inuit of Nunavut and as additional improvement of our relations with Inuit, we are recompensing them with an extra $5 Billion for the destruction of their traditional lifestyles. Inuit of Nunavut, Canada is truly sorry!"
As the Prime Minister was reading the speech written personally by himself, a tear of guilt slowly ran down his cheeks as he remembered all the wrong-doings that the government has done to Inuit. Chuck Strahl was there for his boss and held his hand (more like clutching), as they both wept out of sheer embarrassment.
As they both cried, you could see a smirk in the face of the Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq, as she delivered what no other MP has done for their constituency, the implementation of a land claim. When asked what she thinks of the historic announcement, she said, "I am really happy, ecstatic and hardly can keep my laughter out, out of sheer happiness. When Gandhi was asked what he thinks of Western civilizations, he replied, 'I think it's a good idea' and now, we are saying that as Inuit, Western civilization has only been a good idea, didn't mean we had to accept everything part of it and what this government is saying is precisely that."
Inuit representatives from Nunavut Tunngavik were not available for comment. There were persistent rumours that the executive of NTI didn't believe the announcement as they thought it was hoax and didn't see the need to attend the press release. They are rumoured to be in Iqaluit, watching the whole event on television.