Nunavik voters in northern Quebec voted no to forming a regional government, the Nunatsiaq News reported on April 28.
The issue had been debated for months, including in social media circles, where more than 900 people had posted over the issue on a Facebook page.
Only one in three voters approved the referendum, which asked, “Do you approve the final agreement of the creation of the Nunavik Regional Government?”
In a French-only statement issued late on April 27, the director of Quebec elections said that 2,842 voters, or 66 percent of the 4,293 people who voted, turned down the referendum, the Nunatsiaq News said. The referendum had no more luck outside outside Nunavik, where voters participated via special ballot or at a polling station in Montreal.
Approval would have created a 20-member body called the Nunavik Assembly, comprised of the Kativik Regional Government, the Kativik School Board and the Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services. The assembly would have contained a representative from each of the 14 communities in the region, four executive council members and a leader, and a member from the Naskapi nation, the Nunatsiaq News said.
The issue isn’t over. An agreement that granted more autonomy and decision-making power to the Inuit involved might be more palatable, some dissenters told the Nunatsiaq News.