Nunavut Day: History and Significance of the day

Nunavut Day is a local holiday observed every year on July 9 in the Nunavut Territory in Canada. On this date, the culture and history of Nunavut are praised. Nunavut Day honors the passing of two Nunavut acts.

Nunavut Day: History and Significance

On July 9, 1993, after the death of the 1982 plebiscite on the question of the division of the Northwest Territories, the Parliament of Canada passed the Nunavut Act, setting up the territory of Nunavut, to come into activity soon.

On April 1, 1999, Nunavut became a lawfully particular region from the Northwest Territories, appearing as a region on this date. The next year, in 2000, ‘Nunavut Day’ was praised on April 1.

In any case, it was felt that the 1993 Nunavut Land Claims Agreement had more prominent significance to the individuals of Nunavut, so the holiday was moved to July 9 the next year.

The territory of Nunavut is the biggest in the territory and the second-least populated of Canada’s territories and regions.

Including a large portion of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, around one-fifth of the total landmass of Canada, Nunavut is the size of Western Europe. Nunavut signifies “our land” in the local language Inuktitut (the mother language of 70% of Nunavummiut), with Inuits containing most of Nunavut’s populace (around 36,000).

Until 1999, the area was a part of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Isolating out an region for the Inuits had been talked about since the 1950s, however, the procedure had slowed down until votes on a division in 1982 and ratified by a referendum in 1993, prompted the Canadian government passing the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act on July 9th, 1993, which built up the borders of Nunavut.

The official division from the Northwest Territories occurred on April 1st, 1999.

On April 1, 1999, Nunavut formally split from the Northwest Territories and this date and its anniversary in 2000 got known as Nunavut Day. Notwithstanding, April 1 didn’t have any genuine significance for the individuals of Nunavut. Nunavut Day celebrations were moved to July 9 in 2001 and have stayed on that date from that point forward.

In November 2019, Nunavut Day was made a statutory holiday when individuals from Nunavut’s legislative assembly voted to pass Bill 29, An Act to alter the Labor Standards Act and the Interpretation Act in Respect to Nunavut Day, through third reading in the legislature.

Before that point, Nunavut Day was a holiday under the Public Service Act, which implies the holiday just applied to the Government of Nunavut workers.

The holiday doesn’t have any significant bearing to government representatives who live and work in Nunavut. Workers of the Government of Canada and different employees in Federally Regulated Industries, for example, banks and airlines are dependent upon the Federal Holidays Act and the Canada Labor Code concerning holidays, which does include Nunavut Day.

Nunavut Day observes Nunavut as a distinct and exceptional territory in Canada. Consistently, Nunavummiut mark and celebrate the coming into force of the 1993 Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act, one of the key steps in the production of Nunavut.


Rob Harris

Rob Harris is a lawyer by profession. But his hobby is writing that’s why he writes news, blogs and books side by side. He is known to not only write articles on law but also politics. He has a collection of poems and articles that he had written. So he provides news on Time Bulletin.
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