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Reaching an Agreement

In Chapter Eight, John talks about the issues that concerned the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada at the time and about its working relations with the federal government, which were different from the relationship of today. He underscores the role that the Government of the Northwest Territories and pressure groups from industry and businesses played in the negotiations. He raises the concerns of the Inuit, in particular the issue of the loss of rights, royalties and offshore rights, and of their impatience over the slowness of the negotiations, twenty years after the start. He also talks about the selection of Inuit lands to claim—another thorny issue. He mentions the responsibilities of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. with regard to the territory, and its role in the negotiations after the withdrawal of the ITC. He relates how, in 1989, they succeeded in extremis in having a provision added to the Inuit Nunavut Land Claims Agreement concerning political development. Last, he returns to his moves to Ottawa and the differences between life in the South and life in the North.