History

The Kitikmeot Inuit Association (KIA) was created in 1976 to represent the interests of Inuit living in the Kitikmeot Region of the Northwest Territories. The organization assumed its birthright status in 1993 when the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement [now the ‘Nunavut Agreement’] was given Royal Assent. The KIA is a non-profit society, and one of the three Regional Inuit Associations (RIAs) established under the Nunavut Agreement. KIA represents all Inuit beneficiaries in the Kitikmeot Region living in five communities – Cambridge Bay, Kugluktuk, Gjoa Haven, Kugaaruk and Taloyoak.
In addition, KIA is directly responsible for the management of 106,360 square kilometres of Inuit Owned Lands (IOL) in the Region. During the years following the passage of the Nunavut Agreement, it was primarily concerned with implementing the many provisions of this important legislation. Over the years our responsibilities and goals have changed. The Kitikmeot Inuit Association now manages approximately 96 regional responsibilities and enforces Inuit rights guaranteed under the Nunavut Agreement.