About the NLHCA

The Nunavik Landholding Corporations Association (NLHCA) was created on May 17, 2002, as non-profit corporation representing all Landholding Corporations from Nunavik.

The mandate of the NLHCA is, among others, to regroup all Nunavik Landholding Corporations in order to duly promote and represent their interests with other various organizations on questions related to their important responsibilities and duties invested through the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement and the various Quebec Acts, namely:

  • playing a leading role in the administration, promotion and protection of the uses and occupations of their respective Category I and II lands by the various land users, the whole in accordance with the rights and responsibilities granted by the Act respecting the land Regime in the James Bay and New Quebec Territories  (Q.R.S., ch. R-13.1;
  • playing a leading role in the administration, promotion and protection of the uses and occupations over Categories I and II Lands for hunting, fishing & trapping activities; mining explorations activities; environmental, social and economic development projects and/or activities, the whole in accordance with the rights and responsibilities granted by the Act respecting hunting, fishing and trapping in the James Bay New Quebec Territories (Q.R.S. D-13.1);
  • playing a leading role as acting as their local JBNQA Registrar Committee and in the administration and updating of their local JBNQA Registrar, the whole in accordance with the rights and responsibilities granted by the Act respecting Cree, Inuit and Naskapi native persons (Q.R.S. Ch. A-33.1).

The NLHCA provides logistic and administrative supports to the Landholding Corporations for the realization of various projects, to help empower local communities and provide them with tools to better manage their land and development. Pursuant to Nunavik specific identity and location, the Landholding Corporations participate within the economic development of the Nunavik communities, all for the benefits of the Nunavimmiut, the very same members of every Landholding Corporation. 

Since the establishment of the NLHCA, various projects have been undertaken and successfully concluded by the Association.  We may think about the Sanarrutik Development Fund;  General Managers Accounting Training Workshops; the Nunavik-wide construction rules and the first "Construction Guide in Nunavik"; or the daily assistance to Landholding Corporations' restructuring; or the Partnership Agreement-in-Principle signed with the Kativik Regional Government to respond more efficiently to land use requests and planning the expansion of the communities accordingly.

In April 2002, the Quebec government and the Inuit signed the Sanarrutik Agreement, an Inuktitut word meaning “development tool”.  The Sanarrutik Agreement, signed for a period of 25 years illustrates the determination of Québec and the Inuit to work together on forging a common vision of economic and community development.

The NLHCA is responsible to receive and review community development proposals submitted by the Landholding Corporations regarding access to the Sanarrutik funds allocated to LHC’s and to make recommendations to Makivik Corporation regarding the approval of these requests.

The NLHCA also appoints a Board Member to various Inuit organizations and governmental organizations to collaborate to various activities meant to promote the objectives of the Association and its Members, namely with:

  • Nunavik Minerals Exploration Fund
  • Katujiniq Regional Development Council and Kativik Local Development Council
  • Nunavik Hunters Trappers Fisherman's Association