The Nunatsiavut Government has been designed to operate at both the regional (departmental) level and the community level.
The community level of Nunatsiavut Government is comprised of five Inuit Community Governments representing the Inuit communities of Nain, Hopedale, Postville, Makkovik and Rigolet.
Inuit Community Governments are responsible for serving all residents of their communities. The AngajukKâk of each Inuit Community Government represents his or her constituency in the Nunatsiavut Assembly. To ensure the rights of Inuit living outside of the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area to participate in self-government, non-profit Inuit Community Corporations can be established. Currently the Nunatsiavut Government includes two Inuit Community Corporations whose chairpersons represent their constituents in the Nunatsiavut Assembly.
A final constituency, the Canada constituency, enables Labrador Inuit living outside of Labrador to be represented by an elected member in the Nunatsiavut Assembly.
Inuit Community Government
There are five Inuit Community Governments in Nunatsiavut:
Inuit community governments are comprised of an AngajukKâk and Councillors elected by beneficiaries and residents of each community. Twenty-five percent of the council seats on each Inuit Community Government are reserved for non-aboriginal residents. The AngajukKât are automatically Members of the Nunatsiavut Assembly.
Inuit Community Governments are responsible for serving all residents of their communities, providing local services such as water, sewage & waste management, snow removal, local recreation, etc. Budgets for the operation of Inuit Community Government are part of the overall Nunatsiavut Government budget, all aspects of which are discussed and approved by the Nunatsiavut Assembly.
Non-profit Inuit Community Corporations provide an opportunity for Inuit living outside of the Labrador Inuit Settlement Area to participate in self-government. Each Inuit Community Corporation has an elected chairperson and Board of Directors who are accountable to the Labrador Inuit residents in their region. The chairperson of each Inuit Community Corporation is automatically a Member of the Nunatsiavut Assembly.
Currently there are two Inuit Community Corporations within the Nunatsiavut Government: • NunaKatiget Inuit Community Corporation serving beneficiaries residing in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Mud Lake; • Sivunivut Inuit Community Corporation serving beneficiaries residing in North West River and Sheshatshiu.
Inuit Community Corporations serve as liaison between their constituents and the Nunatsiavut Government, allowing an exchange of information as well as facilitating the provision of programs and services to Labrador Inuit in their regions.