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NCC introduces new Citizenship Law

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 202474 Views

The Governing Council of NCC approved a new Citizenship Law on February 12, 2024 that provides a fair, inclusive and transparent process for individuals to be recognized as, and be NunatuKavut citizens.

Why does NCC have a new Citizenship Law?

Over the past several years, NCC has been working to strengthen our overall governance structure to better reflect our Inuit values, traditions and ways of knowing as we move toward an Inuit governing body and prepare for self-government.

NCC hosted several community engagement sessions with Full Members (Resident and Non-Resident) over the past number of months. A part of this work has included revitalizing and strengthening our governing Constitution to ensure that it is reflective of our Inuit identity, values, practices and traditions.

NCC’s new Constitution was presented and discussed at a series of community meetings and at a duly convened Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Happy Valley-Goose Bay on February 3, 2024. Full members who attended these meetings overwhelmingly voted in favor of accepting the new Constitution, which was effective February 3, 2024.

The adoption of a new Constitution positioned us to develop, through engagement with our people, the creation of a Citizenship Law guided by Inuit values around families and belonging. This work is an example of how we are exercising our right of self-determination whereby NunatuKavut Inuit are the only ones with the authority and knowledge to determine our membership based on Inuit customs, values and traditions.

What does a new Citizenship Law mean for Full Members of NCC?

The Citizenship Law includes a more defined description of who citizens of NunatuKavut are with very specific eligibility requirements for membership with NCC. It sets out the details on how to apply for membership and creates the related procedures for the maintenance of a NunatuKavut Citizenship Registry. There are no impacts to current Full Members, both Resident and Non-Resident.

What are the categories of membership under this new Citizenship Law?

There are now only two categories of membership: Full Member – Resident and Full Member – Non-Resident.

Upon the adoption of our new Constitution by NunatuKavut Inuit at our AGA on February 3, the Alliance membership category no longer exists.

Who do I contact for further information?

If you have questions or require clarification on our new Citizenship Law, please contact:

Krista Oxford
Executive Manager, Office of Governance and Rights Secretariat
E. koxford@nunatukavut.ca
T. (709) 896-2659

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