Nunavut Day 2016

Nunavut Day is annually commemorated on 9th July. It celebrates passing of 2 Nunavut acts. And The Canadian Parliament approved the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act on 9th July, 1993. Nunavut legitimately split from Northwest Territories and also became the Canadian territory on 1st April, 1999.

What do people do?

Several events are set on the Nunavut Day. These comprise:

  • Communal meals consist of barbecue and pancake breakfasts.
  • Speeches through local leaders.
  • Customary dances and games.
  • Presentations of strategies and proposals to inspire Nunavut’s cultural and financial sustainability.
  • Competitions to amplify the alertness of Nunavut’s narration in the middle of young people.

The Nunavut Day Literary and Academic Grants winners are declared on this day. And these grants are honored to Nunavut inhabitants to permit them to follow intellectual studies or to boost their level of customary skills.

Public life

9July is a communal holiday in Nunavut and govt staffs are closed. Nearly all stores and additional associations may be clogged. In additional areas of Canada 9July is not a public holiday and communal life is not involved.


The Northwest Territories were formerly formed in 1870. Then they covered the gigantic area and integrated parts of contemporary provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec and Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Territory of Yukon. And in the year of 1976, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami was occupied in land claim discussions with Canadian Government throughout which the partition of the Northwest Territories was argued. On 14th April, 1982 several residents chose for this partition in the plebiscite (referendum).

On 1st April, 1999, Nunavut legitimately divided from the Northwest Territories and the date and its anniversary in 2000 became popular as the Nunavut Day. On the other hand, 1st April didn’t have any genuine meaning for communal of Nunavut. The Nunavut Day commemorations were shifted to 9 July in 2001 and also have stayed on the date since then.


The significant symbol of the Nunavut Territory is a white and blue picture of a glacial bear on an iceberg with the single star in the sky. And the star symbolizes the North Star and also the guidance of elders in community. And the lower part of picture includes the word "Nunavut" and it’s equal in Inuktitut syllabics, one of writing systems accustomed to symbolize the Inuktitut verbal communication spoken through several First Nations communities in Nunavut. And this picture is extensively used in Nunavut Government's documents.

Nunavut's coat of arms is derived from the circular defend split in two through a straight line representing the sphere. And the apex part of shield is blue (the sky) and also includes icons of golden five keen star (the North Star) and an arch of 5 golden circles (the sun in general and the midnight sun in exacting). And the lower part of circle is golden and comprises the pictures of blue inukshuk and a qulliq.

The inukshuk is an Inuit land marker created from 5 stones representing holy places in landscape. And the qulliq is an Inuit stone lamp that symbolizes light in dark winter months and affection of family and society. On the top of shield is an icon of an iglu (igloo) representing the conventional way of life and a circlet representing the link of Nunavut with the sovereign. The shield is helpful through narwhal and caribou on a support composed of ice, sea and land.

The Nunavut flag is a four-sided form that is separated into 2 halves perpendicularly. And the half adjoining to flagpole is yellow and additional half is white. And on the white partly there is the blue 5 pointed star that symbolizes the North Star and the management of leaders in the society. The halves are divided through a red inukshuk. Additional symbols of the Nunavut Territory consist of the Rock Ptarmigan (territory bird), the Purple Saxifrage (territory flower), and the terms "Nunavut, Our Strength" in Inuktitut (territory dictum).

Nunavut Day 2016