Nunavut Marks Its 15th Anniversary

March 20, 2014 | Katherine

Comments (0)

Map of Nunavut
April 1, 2014 is the 15th anniversary of the proclamation of the Territory of Nunavut, which means “Our Land” in Inuktituk. It came into being after decades of hard political work, negotiation of Inuit land claims, plebiscites, and recommendations to form a government responsive to the Inuit majority in the eastern Arctic. 

The working languages of the government are Inuktitut, Inuinnaqtun and English, and French is also an official language. Nunavut (along with the North West Territories) has a consensus style of government rather than the more common one of party politics, and all members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) are elected as independents.

Nunavut, located in far northern Canada, with a polar climate and a small population scattered over a huge land mass, is remote and easily ignored by the denizens of southern Canada. Yet this is a cutting edge place, where new forms of government, new ways to maintain and revitalize language and culture, and innovations to combat the challenges of climate, distance and poverty are capturing the attention of scholars worldwide.

Here's a guide to learning more:


Searching the Library Website

    Suggested Titles

The Arctic promise : legal and political autonomy of Greenland and Nunavut

Achieving a national purpose : improving territorial formula financing and strengthening Canada's territories

Like the sound of a drum: Aboriginal cultural politics in Denendeh and Nunavut

Nunavut : rethinking political culture

Nunavut : Inuit regain control of their lands and their lives

Nunavut : a health system profile

Names and Nunavut : culture and identity in Arctic Canada

Ilagiinniq : interviews on Inuit family values from the Qikiqtani Region

Inuit education and schools in the Eastern Arctic

Inuit prints : Japanese inspiration : early printmaking in the Canadian Arctic

Uuturautiit : Cape Dorset celebrates 50 years of printmaking = Cape Dorset célèbre 50 ans de gravure 

Baffin Island: the ascent of Mount Asgard

The Arctic Promise Inuit Education and Schools in the Eastern Arctic Names and Nunavut Nunvaut-rethinking political culture







        Suggested Magazines and Journals

Up Here

Up Here Business

Inuktitut (Hard copy back issues 1966-2002 in Toronto Reference Library)


Inuktitut (Current issues and back issues from 1959)

Kivalliq News

Nunatsiaq Online

Nunavut News

    Suggested Article Databases

You can find magazine and newspaper articles on Nunavut by searching the library’s electronic databases. Suggested databases include CBCA Complete, Canadian Periodicals Index (CPIQ), and Canada in Context.  These resources can be searched from library computers, or from home or school using your Toronto Public Library card.

    Additional Online Sources

Government of Nunavut

Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

Fact Sheet on Concensus Government

Nunavut Department of Justice-Statutes and Regulations

Nunavut Bureau of Statistics

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami--Canada's National Inuit Organization

Canadian Encyclopedia

Project Naming (The identification of Inuit people in the photographs of Library and Archives Canada)

Nunavut Tourism

Nunavut Public Library

Nunavut Flag

 For further assistance contact:

Humanities & Social Science Department, Toronto Reference Library
trlhss @