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. This gave the Inuit people representation in government, the right to harvest wildlife through the territory, and nearly $1 billion of payments over the course of 14 years.
The Nunavut Act and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement came into effect on April 1, 1999, thus creating the Inuit territory of Nunavut. Nunavut Day commemorates this. It is celebrated annually on July 9th.
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