Nunavik Inuit oppose Quebec’s new gun registry – Nunatsiaq Online

by pmnationtalk on February 12, 2018183 Views

“They’re not understanding that we are subsistence harvesters”

February 12, 2018

Nunavik Inuit continue to seek exemption from Quebec’s new gun registry, which has now come into effect.

Starting Jan. 29, gun owners across the province must register their weapons through a provincial database, though they have a one-year grace period to do this before they are penalized.

But Makivik Corp. maintains that Nunavik Inuit should be exempt from the registry because of their distinct rights as harvesters.

“We’re not denying the safety factor,” said Adamie Delisle Alaku, vice-president of resource development at Makivik. “But they’re not understanding that we are subsistence harvesters.

“We have to adapt and that’s why we’ve asked for the exemption.”

When the province’s legislation was first tabled, Makivik submitted a brief to the legislative committee studying the bill in 2016, which said that Inuit rights enshrined in their land claim agreement should exclude them from Quebec’s registry.

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