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Map of Nunvaut, CanadaNunavut is the larger territory in Northern Canada, covering some 2 million square kilometers.  Our Polar Pilots group is based at our home in Iqaluit, near the south end Baffin Island.  Click on the map at left to enlarge.

Nunavut was created on April 1st 1999, when the Northwest Territories was divided to create our new territory.  Nunavut came into being because of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, a comprehensive agreement between the Government of Canada and the Inuit of Nunavut.  The NLCA, signed in 1993, provides for land ownership and management, wildlife management and an opportunity to negotiate economic, social and culture benefits for Inuit.

One of the unique aspects of the Nunavut Land Claims agreement is the provision requiring the creation of Nunavut.  There were other land claims agreements in place between aboriginal peoples in other areas and the Government of Canada.  But the NCLA was the first to insist on the creation of a public territory as part of the agreement.  The Inuit of Nunavut are represented in the agreement by Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated.

Nunavut is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Inuit self-government.  It is, in fact, public government in a territory where approximately 85% of the population are Inuit. More statistical information about the Nunavut population is also available here.

Inuit have lived in this part of the world for hundreds of years.  The language and culture are strong and important features of life here.

Select a community from the main menu at the left.  Each community page contains Airport, Accommodation, and Tourism information to help you plan a visit here, or just make connections to learn more about our unique region.  This is not a complete listing of all Nunavut communities; just those in our corner of a vast territory.

We'll do our best to answer your questions. Feel free to email us.  Click on the Contact Us link on the top menu.

To find out more about travelling to Nunavut, we also recommend a visit to  Nunavut Tourism. For websites with information about Nunavut lands, wildlife,  natural resources, history and culture  visit our links page here.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 January 2016 02:05
 
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