44. The Native people have the right to operate in place of an outfitter contemplated in section 43 and having to cease his operations, in accordance with the following terms and conditions:
(a) they must have a licence;
(b) they may enlarge, diminish or modify the services offered by that outfitter;
(c) they may purchase all or part of the equipment and facilities of that outfitter;
(d) the Cree band, the Cree village or the Inuit landholding corporation may receive gratuitously the equipment or facilities of the Government which has been acting as an outfitter in the categories of lands concerned.
That outfitter may remove the equipment and facilities the Native people have not purchased from him.
The Government shall compensate that outfitter in conformity with his rights, if any, contained in the licence, lease or other authorization in virtue of which he was carrying on his operation.
All equipment or facilities left on the spot by that outfitter for a period of two years ceasing his operation is deemed to have been abandoned to the Gouvernement du Québec.
1978, c. 92, s. 44; 1996, c. 2, s. 654.