Section 4. Inuit of Nunavut Land Claim Agreement - July 9, 1993

Contracting Authorities should refer to the Nunavut Settlement Agreement Article 2 for General Provisions, Article 8 for the establishment, operation or maintenance of park facilities, and Article 33 for contracts relating to archaeological work. This section of the policy reflects the Government contracting obligations addressed in Article 24 of the Agreement.

Article 1

1.1.1 "Designated Inuit Organization" (DIO) means

  1. the Tungavik, or
  2. in respect of a function under the Agreement, any organizations that have been designated under Section 39.1.3 as responsible for that function

Article 8

8.4.8 Where Government intends to contract for the establishment, operation or maintenance of park facilities in the Nunavut Settlement Area, Government shall:

  1. give preferential treatment to qualified Inuit contractors where Government proposes to tender such contracts; and
  2. ensure that all contractors give preferential treatment to Inuit.

8.4.9 A DIO shall have the right of first refusal to operate all business opportunities and ventures that are contracted out with respect to Parks in the Nunavut Settlement Area. Upon request, Government shall make available to a DIO all reports and other materials in its possession relevant to the analysis of the economic feasibility of business opportunities and ventures in Parks in the Nunavut Settlement Area.

Article 24

PART 1: DEFINITIONS

24.1.1 In this Article:

"Government" means the Government of Canada or the Territorial Government;

"government contract" means a contract, other than a contract for government employment as defined in Article 23 of the Agreement, between the Government and a party other than Government or any other government for procurement of goods or services, and includes

  1. contracts for the supply of goods,
  2. construction contracts,
  3. contracts for the supply of services, and
  4. leases;

"Government of Canada" means all federal departments and departmental corporations listed in Schedules I and II, and parent Crown Corporations listed in Schedule III, Part I of the Financial Administration Act RSC 1985, Chapter F-11;

"Inuit firm" means an entity which complies with the legal requirements to carry on business in the Nunavut Settlement Area, and which is

  1. a limited company with at least 51% of the company's voting shares beneficially owned by Inuit,
  2. a co-operative controlled by Inuit, or
  3. an Inuk sole proprietorship or partnership;

"invite" means to call publicly for bids;

"representative level of employment" means a level of employment in the Nunavut Settlement Area that reflects the ratio of Inuit to the total population of the Nunavut Settlement Area;

"solicit" means to request bids from a limited number of businesses based on some form of pre qualification;

"Territorial Government" means all territorial government departments and all public agencies defined by the Financial Administration Act, S.N.W.T. 1987 (1), c.16, Part IX and Schedules A, B, C, but excluding the Northwest Territories Power Corporation.

PART 2: OBJECTIVE

24.2.1 The Government of Canada and the Territorial Government shall provide reasonable support and assistance to Inuit firms in accordance with this Article to enable them to compete for government contracts.

PART 3: PROCUREMENT POLICIES

Government of Canada Policies

24.3.1 Consistent with this Article, the Government of Canada shall develop, implement or maintain procurement policies respecting Inuit firms for all Government of Canada contracts required in support of its activities in the Nunavut Settlement Area.

24.3.2 The Government of Canada shall develop or maintain its procurement policies in close consultation with the DIO, and shall implement the policies through legislative, regulatory or administrative measures.

24.3.3 The measures referred to in Section 24.3.2 shall be binding on the Government of Canada, and shall be given effect:

  1. in all cases, no later than one year following the date of the ratification of the Agreement; and
  2. with respect to survey contracts prior to the award of survey contracts arising from Article 19 of the Agreement.

Adaptability Over Time

24.3.5 Procurement policies and implementing measures shall be carried out in a manner that responds to the developing nature of the Nunavut Settlement Area economy and labour force. In particular, the policies shall take into account the increased ability, over time, of Inuit firms to compete for and to successfully complete government contracts.

Policy Objectives

24.3.6 Procurement policies and implementing measures shall reflect, to the extent possible, the following objectives:

  1. increased participation by Inuit firms in business opportunities in the Nunavut Settlement Area economy;
  2. improved capacity of Inuit firms to compete for government contracts; and
  3. employment of Inuit at a representative level in the Nunavut Settlement Area work force.

Consultation

24.3.7 To support the objectives set out in Section 24.3.6, the Government of Canada and the Territorial Government shall develop and maintain policies and programs in close consultation with the DIO which are designed to achieve the following objectives:

  1. increased access by Inuit to on-the-job training, apprenticeship, skill development, upgrading, and other job related programs; and
  2. greater opportunities for Inuit to receive training and experience to successfully create, operate and manage Northern businesses.

PART 4: BID INVITATION

24.4.1 In co-operation with the DIO, the Government of Canada and the Territorial Government shall assist Inuit firms to become familiar with their bidding and contracting procedures, and encourage Inuit firms to bid for government contracts in the Nunavut Settlement Area.

24.4.2 In inviting bids on government contracts in the Nunavut Settlement Area, the Government of Canada and the Territorial Government shall provide all reasonable opportunities to Inuit firms to submit competitive bids, and, in doing so, shall take, where practicable and consistent with sound procurement management, the following measures:

  1. set the date, location, and terms and conditions for bidding so that Inuit firms may readily bid;
  2. invite bids by commodity groupings to permit smaller and more specialised firms to bid;
  3. permit bids for goods and services for a specified portion of a larger contract package to permit smaller and more specialised firms to bid;
  4. design construction contracts in a way so as to increase the opportunity for smaller and more specialised firms to bid; and
  5. avoid artificially inflated employment skills requirements not essential to the fulfilment of the contract.

24.4.3 Where the Government of Canada or the Territorial Government intends to invite bids for government contracts to be performed in the Nunavut Settlement Area, it shall take all reasonable measures to inform Inuit firms of such bids, and provide Inuit firms with a fair and reasonable opportunity to submit bids.

PART 5: BID SOLICITATION

24.5.1 Where the Government of Canada or the Territorial Government solicits bids for government contracts to be performed in the Nunavut Settlement Area, it shall ensure that qualified Inuit firms are included in the list of those firms solicited to bid.

24.5.2 Where an Inuit firm has previously been awarded a government contract, and has successfully carried out the contract, that Inuit firm shall be included in the solicitation to bid for contracts of a similar nature.

24.5.3 In the absence of competitive bidding for government contracts, qualified Inuit firms will be given fair consideration.

PART 6: BID CRITERIA

24.6.1 Whenever practicable, and consistent with sound procurement management, and subject to Canada's international obligations, all of the following criteria, or as many as may be appropriate with respect to any particular contract, shall be included in the bid criteria established by the Government of Canada for the awarding of its government contracts in the Nunavut Settlement Area:

  1. the existence of head offices, administrative offices or Other facilities in the Nunavut Settlement Area;
  2. the employment of Inuit labour, engagement of Inuit professional services, or use of suppliers that are Inuit or Inuit firms in carrying out the contracts; or
  3. the undertaking of commitments, under the contract, with respect to on-the-job training or skills development for Inuit.

24.6.2 Whenever practicable and consistent with sound procurement management, and subject to Canada's international obligations, all of the following criteria, or as many as may be appropriate with respect to any particular contract, shall be included in the bid criteria established by the Territorial Government for the awarding of its government contracts in the Nunavut Settlement Area:

  1. the proximity of head offices, administrative offices or other facilities to the area where the contract will be carried out;
  2. the employment of Inuit labour, engagement of Inuit professional services or use of suppliers that are Inuit or Inuit firms in carrying out the contract; or
  3. the undertaking of commitments, under the contract, with respect to on-the-job training or skills development for Inuit.

PART 7: LIST OF INUIT FIRMS

24.7.1 The DIO shall prepare and maintain a comprehensive list of Inuit firms, together with information on the goods and services which they would be in a position to furnish in relation to government contracts. This list shall be considered by the Government of Canada and the Territorial Government in meeting their obligations under this Article.

PART 8: EVALUATION AND MONITORING

24.8.1 The Government of Canada and the Territorial Government, in co-operation with the DIO, shall take the necessary measures to monitor and periodically evaluate the implementation of this Article.

PART 9: IMPLEMENTATION

24.9.1 The objectives of this Article shall be achieved throughout the allocation or re-allocation of government expenditures without imposing additional financial obligation on the Government of Canada or the Territorial Government.

24.9.2 The Territorial Government will carry out the terms of this Article through the application of Territorial Government preferential contracting policies, procedures and approaches intended to maximise local, regional and northern employment and business opportunities.

24.9.3 The Government of Canada, the Territorial Government and the DIO shall conduct a review of the effect of this Article within 20 years of its implementation. If the DIO and the Government of Canada or the Territorial Government, as the case may be, agree after the review that the objectives of this Article have been met, the obligations under this Article of the Government of Canada or the Territorial Government, as the case may be, shall cease within one year of the completion of the review. If the obligations of the Government of Canada or the Territorial Government under this Article remain in effect after the initial review, the Parties shall review the requirement to continue such provisions every five years or at such other times as they may agree.

Part 10: Co-operation Agreement between the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation and the Department of National Defence Concerning the Restoration and Clean-Up of DEW sites within the Inuvialuit Settlement Region -
February 2, 1996

33.6.1 Where any agency of the Government intends to contract for carrying out of archaeological work in the Nunavut Settlement Area, the agency shall:

  1. give preferential treatment to qualified Inuit contractors where the agency proposes to tender such contract; and
  2. ensure that all contractors give preferential treatment to qualified Inuit.

33.6.2 Any archaeological programs in the Nunavut Settlement Area that are administered by Government shall conform, at a minimum, to the employment and training provisions set out in Article 23.

 

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