Nunavut Day History
Nunavut Day is a holiday that celebrates the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement and the birth of a new Canadian territory. On July 9, 1993, the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement was signed, giving the title to nearly 350,000sq. Km of land to the Inuit people. The agreement contained 41 articles, some of the more pertinent which gave equal Inuit representation in government, the rights to harvesting wildlife through the territory and nearly 1 billion dollars of payments over the course of 14 years.
Finally, on April 1, 1999, the Nunavut Act and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement came into effect and the new Inuit territory of Nunavut was created. Every year on July 9th, Canada celebrates the birth of its youngest territory.
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