Ottawa, Ontario (January 19, 2010) — The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced today the reappointment of Jack R. Williams for a three-year term as a member of the Inuvialuit Arbitration Board.
“I am pleased that Mr. Williams has agreed to continue serving on the Inuvialuit Arbitration Board for another term,” said Minister Strahl. “Mr. Williams has extensive experience in providing legal services and legislative support in the area of corporate, commercial, and civil litigation, as well as Aboriginal law. Mr. Williams has lived and worked in the North for more than 20 years. He not only brings professional, but also personal experience with northern issues.”
The Inuvialuit Arbitration Board was established in 1984 by the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Claims Settlement Act. The Board is a quasi-judicial body with the jurisdiction to arbitrate any difference between the Inuvialuit and the governments of Canada, the Northwest Territories or Yukon. It also arbitrates differences between the Inuvialuit and industry as to the meaning, interpretation, application or implementation of the Western Arctic (Inuvialuit) Final Agreement.
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