The Inuvialuit Final Agreement
Posted on Feb. 25, 2018
Signed in 1984, the Inuvialuit Final Agreement (IFA) stands as one of Canada's first modern land claims. As signatories to the IFA, Inuvialuit, Canada, and the Government of Yukon all have constitutionally protected rights, roles, and responsibilities under the Agreement. The IFA is also where our Council was born - the Wildlife Management Advisory Council for the North Slope springs directly from the Agreement and has been active since 1988.
The basic goals of the IFA, as expressed by the Inuvialuit and recognized by Canada, are to:
- Preserve Inuvialuit cultural identity and values within a changing northern society.
- Enable Inuvialuit to be equal and meaningful participants in the northern and national economy and society.
- The IFA's economic principles are expressed by the need for full Inuvialuit participation in the northern Canadian economy through the development of an adequate level of economic self-reliance and a solid economic base. The establishment of Inuvialuit Development Corporation helped to fulfill this goal.
- Protect and preserve the Arctic wildlife, environment and biological productivity.