Legal Services, Community Relations, Housing and Community Justice

Working towards a better future
In partnership with a number of other members of the community, as well as the government, this division oversees a number of key activities and concerns in regard to the future of our communities and our people.

Legal Services
This division of Nunatsiavut Affairs is responsible for providing legal services to all departments of the Nunatsiavut Government, the Executive Council, and the Nunatsiavut Assembly. These services include preparation and review of government contracts, Nunatsiavut legislation and regulations, and all general legal work or advice concerning government operations. Specific legal expertise is contracted as required.

Community Relations
The division also acts as a community relations liaison for the government, providing assistance to the Inuit Community Governments during their transition to self-government and subsequent adoption of operational duties as set out in the LILCA. Assistance includes drafting and enactment of Inuit Community Bylaws and support in interpreting roles and responsibilities of Inuit Community Governments in accordance with Nunatsiavut Government Inuit Laws.

Nunatsiavut Affairs is responsible for developing a housing policy for Nunatsiavut Government and for representing the government on the Torngat Regional Housing Association. The department is currently considering options for development of a Nunatsiavut Housing Corporation who will be responsible for Inuit housing in Nunatsiavut.

Community Justice
The Nunatsiavut Government has not yet assumed jurisdiction for community justice. However, Nunatsiavut Affairs provides general support to Beneficiaries with criminal issues; has representatives on local and regional justice committees and boards; and maintains on-going relations with the provincial Department of Justice.

For more information, please contact the Director of Legal Services:

Director of Legal Services
Loretta Michelin
Department of Nunatsiavut Affairs