December 4th, 2017

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, LABRADOR, December 4, 2017 – The NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC) and Nalcor Energy today announced the signing of a Community Development Agreement (CDA) following months of negotiation. It is a meaningful and significant agreement that sets the foundation for a mutually beneficial relationship between both parties.

The CDA will provide tangible benefits to Southern Inuit and communities throughout NunatuKavut. It is a six-year agreement that contains provisions which foster respectful engagement on a number of issues. They include:

  • Direct investment into community capacity and sustainability
  • Environmental-related monitoring, reporting and mitigation with respect to the Muskrat Falls Project and the Labrador Transmission Project, as well as the inclusion of NCC Indigenous Traditional Knowledge
  • Obligation to negotiate on Future Nalcor Projects in Labrador
  • Initiatives for renewable energy generation
  • Workplace environment and cultural accommodations
  • Training, employment and business opportunities

This relationship-building agreement will ensure that NCC and Nalcor will engage in good faith negotiations moving forward. It was signed by NCC President Todd Russell and Nalcor CEO Stan Marshall during a meeting last week and came into effect on December 1, 2017. An overview of the agreement is outlined in the attached Backgrounder.

Quick Facts

  • NCC is the representative governing body for approximately 6,000 Inuit of south and central Labrador, collectively known as the Southern Inuit of NunatuKavut.
  • NunatuKavut means “Our Ancient Land” in Inuttitut and is the traditional territory of the Southern Inuit.


“The signing of this agreement signals a major shift in provincial public policy from exclusion and denial to respectful inclusion. It also acknowledges that NCC is an Indigenous representative body that must be at the table when resource projects are happening on our lands. This will advance our relationship in a positive way while protecting our Indigenous rights. At the same time, it provides real benefits and opportunities for our people and communities.”

Todd Russell, President, NunatuKavut Community Council

“We are committed to effective consultation and dialogue, and working with communities and Indigenous groups in the areas where we operate. This agreement with NCC will provide long-term benefits to NunatuKavut communities and residents as we develop our energy resources in Labrador. We look forward to continued engagement with community and Indigenous leaders as we work to foster stronger relationships in Labrador.”

Jim Keating, Executive Vice President, Offshore Development and Corporate Services, Nalcor Energy

Associated Links

  • For further information on NCC, please visit Please also join in the conversation at and Twitter @nunatukavut.
  • To learn about Nalcor Energy, please visit



Kelly Broomfield

Director of Communications, NunatuKavut Community Council

T: 709-280-5965


Karen O’Neill

Communications Manager, Nalcor Energy – Lower Churchill Project

C: 709-690-2012