Canada: This Land Is Our Land

This Land Is Our Land

They call themselves Inuit -- "the people" -- and they eke out simple lives in tiny communities scattered across the frozen tundra of the Northwest Territories. Last week, after 15 years of negotiations with Ottawa, an agreement was announced under which the Inuit will take political control of one-fifth of Canada's land area.

The accord, the largest native land-claim settlement ever, will carve a new territory to be called Nunavut (Our Land) out of the 770,000 sq. mi. that makes up the eastern two-thirds of the Northwest Territories, where 17,500 Inuit live. The Inuit will gain mineral rights on 14,000 sq....

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