Nunavut Day

July 9th, 2014 by Abhi Saini

Today is Nunavut Day, and 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of Nunavut!

Nunavut came into existence in 1999 after a referendum was held in 1982 to decide the division of the Northwest Territories and create a new territory for Canada’s Inuit people.

The referendum passed and on July 9th, 1993, the federal government passed the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the Nunavut Act. The Act was fully enforced on April 1st, 1999.

Nunavut Day was officially declared a public holiday in 2001. Initially, April 1st was decided to be Nunavut Day; however, the day was changed to July 9th to reflect the date the legislation that created the territory was passed.

The day is celebrated by hundreds of people across the territory who attend community feast and participate in traditional Inuit activities such as “throat singing, square dancing, fiddle music, games and traditional competitions.”

This year, premiers from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories will join Nunavut Premier Peter Taptuna in attending the Western Premier’s Conference in Iqaluit and will be present during the Nunavut Day celebrations.

This year’s celebration also includes a cake decoration contest! This year’s theme is “Nunavut at 15.”

Are you planning on celebrating Nunavut Day? Let us know how!


You can also read our blog on how government works in Nunavut.

We have also blogged about the history behind other Canadian holidays:

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