Nunavut Day in Nunavut in 2020

Nunavut Day in Nunavut in 2020
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  How long until Nunavut Day?
This holiday next takes place in 354 days.
  Dates of Nunavut Day in Nunavut
2021 Fri, Jul 9Regional Holiday
2020 Thu, Jul 9Regional Holiday
2019 Tue, Jul 9Regional Holiday
2018 Mon, Jul 9Regional Holiday
2017 Sun, Jul 9Regional Holiday
  Summary
Nunavut. Marks the passing of the Nunavut Act in 1993, which paved the way for the creation of the territory of Nunavut in 1999

When is Nunavut Day?

Nunavut Day is celebrated as a regional public holiday in Nunavut, Canada each year on July 9th.

The holiday commemorates the creation of the boundaries of Nunavut on this day in 1993.

History of Nunavut Day

The territory of Nunavut is the largest in area and also the second-least populated of Canada's provinces and territories.

Comprising most of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, about one-fifth of the total landmass of Canada, Nunavut is the size of Western Europe. Nunavut means "our land" in the native language Inuktitut (the mother tongue of 70% of Nunavummiut), with Inuits comprising the majority of Nunavut's population (around 36,000).

Did you know?

Nunavut is home to the world's northernmost permanently inhabited place, Alert.

Until 1999, the region was part of Canada's Northwest Territories. Separating out a region for the Inuits had been discussed since the 1950s, but the process had stalled until votes on a division in 1982 and ratified by a referendum in 1993, led to the Canadian government passing the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act on July 9th 1993, which established the boundaries of Nunavut.

The official separation from the Northwest Territories took place on April 1st 1999.

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