Nunavik's Referendum for the Creation of a Regional Government - The NO Vote Wins a Majority: The Final Agreement is Rejected

April 28, 2011


Quebec, April 27th, 2011 – Nunavik’s regional referendum director, Mr. Adamie Padlayat has announced that at the closing of today’s polls, a majority of voters had voted against the Final agreement on the creation of a regional government. Out of the 4,293 that were cast, 2,842, or 66%, voted NO to the following question:
     “Do you approve the Final Agreement on the creation of the Nunavik Regional Government?”
Preliminary results revealed that 1,400 voters, or 34%, had voted YES to the question. NO votes brought in a majority in all of Nunavik’s 14 villages, as well as amongst those who had cast their votes outside of the territory. In all, 54.5% of the voters who were registered on the referendum list exercised their right to vote.
The Agreement was to be approved only if a majority of voters expressed their approval during the referendum and only if this majority represented at least 25% plus one of all those eligible to vote.
All those who are eligible to vote in the territory’s 14 villages, as well as those who fall under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement and who reside outside of Nunavik, had the right to vote in this referendum. In all, 7, 881 people were eligible to vote.
The Final Agreement on the Creation of the Nunavik Regional Government was reached by the Federal Government, the Government of Quebec and the Makivik Society, that represents the interests of all those who fall under the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement. It foresaw the merging of three of Nunavik’s important public instances, the Kativik Regional Government (the KRG, which administers over the region’s municipalities), the Kativik School Board (KSB) and the NunavikRegional Boardof Health and Social Services (NRBHSS)
For more information on the referendum in Nunavik, visit the special section on the Directeur général des élections du Québec’s website at
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Category : Nunavik Referendum

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