Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act (S.C. 2002, c. 10)

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Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act

S.C. 2002, c. 10

Assented to 2002-04-30

An Act respecting the water resources of Nunavut and the Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal and to make consequential amendments to other Acts

Preamble

WHEREAS Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada and the Inuit of the Nunavut Settlement Area have entered into a land claims agreement that was ratified by Her Majesty when it was signed on Her behalf and when the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act came into force and by the Inuit when it was signed on their behalf following a ratification vote;

WHEREAS the agreement came into force on July 9, 1993 on its ratification by both parties;

AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada has undertaken in the agreement to establish the Nunavut Water Board and the Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal as institutions of public government and to set out by statute all of their substantive powers, functions, objectives and duties;

NOW, THEREFORE, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

Short Title

Marginal note:Short title

 This Act may be cited as the Nunavut Waters and Nunavut Surface Rights Tribunal Act.

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions
  •  (1) The definitions in this subsection apply in this Act.

    Agreement

    Accord

    Agreement means the land claims agreement between the Inuit of the Nunavut Settlement Area and Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada that was ratified, given effect and declared valid by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act, which came into force on July 9, 1993, and includes any amendments to that agreement made under the agreement. (Accord)

    carving stone

    pierre à sculpter

    carving stone means serpentinite, argillite or soapstone that is suitable for carving. (pierre à sculpter)

    designated Inuit organization

    organisation inuit désignée

    designated Inuit organization means

    • (a) except in the case of the jointly owned lands referred to in section 40.2.8 of the Agreement,

      • (i) Tunngavik, or

      • (ii) in respect of a provision of this Act referred to in Schedule 1, any organization designated in the public record maintained by Tunngavik under the Agreement as being responsible for any function under the corresponding provision or provisions of the Agreement referred to in that Schedule; or

    • (b) in the case of the jointly owned lands referred to in section 40.2.8 of the Agreement, Makivik acting jointly with the organization determined under paragraph (a). (organisation inuit désignée)

    Inuit

    Inuit

    Inuit means those persons enrolled from time to time under the terms of Article 35 of the Agreement and includes, in the case of the jointly owned lands referred to in section 40.2.8 of the Agreement, the Inuit of northern Quebec. (Inuit)

    Inuit of northern Quebec

    Inuit du Nord québécois

    Inuit of northern Quebec means the Inuit of northern Quebec within the meaning of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement that was approved, given effect and declared valid by the James Bay and Northern Quebec Native Claims Settlement Act, S.C. 1976-77, c. 32. (Inuit du Nord québécois)

    Inuit-owned land

    terre inuit

    Inuit-owned land means any land that has the status of Inuit Owned Land under the Agreement, and includes the jointly owned lands referred to in section 40.2.8 of the Agreement. (terre inuit)

    Inuktitut

    inuktitut

    Inuktitut means the Inuktitut language and includes Inuinaqtuun. (inuktitut)

    Makivik

    Makivik

    Makivik means the corporation established by An Act respecting the Makivik Corporation, R.S.Q., c. S-18.1, and representing the Inuit of northern Quebec. (Makivik)

    mineral right

    droit minier

    mineral right means a right to explore for, develop, produce or transport minerals, other than specified substances. (droit minier)

    minerals

    minéraux

    minerals means precious and base metals and other non-living, naturally occurring substances, whether solid, liquid or gaseous, and includes coal, oil and gas, but does not include water. (minéraux)

    Minister

    ministre

    Minister means the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. (ministre)

    specified substances

    matières spécifiées

    specified substances means construction stone, sand, gravel, limestone, marble, gypsum, shale, clay, volcanic ash, earth, soil, diatomaceous earth, ochre, marl, peat and carving stone. (matières spécifiées)

    Tunngavik

    Tunngavik

    Tunngavik means Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, a corporation without share capital incorporated under Part II of the Canada Corporations Act, R.S.C. 1970, c. C-32, and any successor to that corporation. (Tunngavik)

  • Meaning of Nunavut Settlement Area

    (2) In this Act, Nunavut Settlement Area has the meaning assigned to that expression by section 3.1.1 of the Agreement.

Precedence

Marginal note:Inconsistency with Agreement
  •  (1) Where there is any inconsistency or conflict between the Agreement and this Act, the Agreement prevails to the extent of the inconsistency or conflict.

  • Marginal note:Inconsistency with other Acts

    (2) Where there is any inconsistency or conflict between this Act and any other Act of Parliament, except the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act, this Act prevails to the extent of the inconsistency or conflict.

PART 1Nunavut Waters

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions

 The definitions in this section apply in this Part.

appurtenant undertaking

entreprise principale

appurtenant undertaking means an undertaking in relation to which a use of waters or a deposit of waste is permitted by a licence. (entreprise principale)

Board

Office

Board means the Nunavut Water Board established by section 14. (Office)

domestic purpose

domestique

domestic purpose means the use of waters for the following purposes:

  • (a) household requirements, including sanitation and fire prevention;

  • (b) the watering of domestic animals; or

  • (c) the irrigation of a garden that adjoins a dwelling-house and is not ordinarily used in the growth of produce for market. (domestique)

instream use

ordinaire

instream use means a use of waters by a person, other than for a domestic purpose or as described in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) of the definition use, to earn income or for subsistence purposes. (ordinaire)

licence

permis

licence means, unless the context otherwise requires, a type A or type B licence, in accordance with the criteria prescribed by the regulations, issued for the use of waters or the deposit of waste, or both, in Nunavut under section 42. (permis)

licensee

titulaire

licensee means a person to whom a licence is issued or assigned. (titulaire)

marine area

zones marines

marine area means any waters, including those that are ice-covered, of the Nunavut Settlement Area, other than inland waters, and the seabed and subsoil below those waters. (zones marines)

national park

parc national

national park means a park within the meaning of the Canada National Parks Act, or lands set aside as a reserve for a park under that Act. (parc national)

Nunavut Impact Review Board

Commission d’examen des projets de développement

Nunavut Impact Review Board means the Nunavut Impact Review Board referred to in section 18 of the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act. (Commission d’examen des projets de développement)

Nunavut Planning Commission

Commission d’aménagement

Nunavut Planning Commission means the Nunavut Planning Commission referred to in section 10 of the Nunavut Planning and Project Assessment Act. (Commission d’aménagement)

penalty

pénalité

penalty means an administrative monetary penalty imposed for a violation. (pénalité)

use

utilisation

use, in relation to waters, means a direct or indirect use of any kind, including, but not limited to,

  • (a) any use of water power and geothermal resources;

  • (b) any diversion or obstruction of waters;

  • (c) any alteration of the flow of waters; and

  • (d) any alteration of the bed or banks of a river, stream, lake or other body of water, whether or not the body of water is seasonal.

However, it does not include navigation or any other use connected with shipping activities that are governed by the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. (utilisation)

waste

déchet

waste means any substance that, by itself or in combination with other substances found in water, would have the effect of altering the quality of any water to which the substance is added to an extent that is detrimental to its use by people or by any animal, fish or plant, or any water that would have that effect because of the quantity or concentration of the substances contained in it or because it has been treated or changed, by heat or other means, and includes

  • (a) any substance or water that, for the purposes of the Canada Water Act, is deemed to be waste;

  • (b) any substance or class of substances specified by the regulations;

  • (c) water containing any substance or class of substances in a quantity or concentration that is equal to or greater than that prescribed by the regulations; and

  • (d) water that has been subjected to a treatment or change described by the regulations. (déchet)

waters

eaux

waters means inland waters, whether in a liquid or solid state, on or below the surface of land. (eaux)

  • 2002, c. 10, ss. 4, 200;
  • 2013, c. 14, s. 5;
  • 2015, c. 19, s. 41.
 
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