The Nunavut Agreement includes development impact provisions to assess and monitor the impact of projects within the Nunavut Settlement Area. These provisions were included within the Agreement to provide Inuit with an effective role in the environmental decision making processes which directly affect them, to protect the ecosystem, and to protect traditional Inuit lifestyles, all in a more effective manner than federal legislation. This thesis argues that the Nunavut Agreement has achieved these goals, meeting or surpassing the protection which would otherwise have been afforded Inuit of Nunavut by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
A comparison of the Nunavut Agreement and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, and specifically the screening and review bodies created by the two instruments, the process triggers, the scope of assessment and the review process, provides the foundation for this argument.
Bibliography: p. 266-278.