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Nunavut Day

Join us for a celebration of Inuit culture and history on Nunavut Day, with traditional food, music, and activities that will transport you to the beautiful Arctic region.
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Introduction

Get ready to celebrate the beautiful territory of Nunavut on July 9 with Nunavut Day! This day marks the anniversary of the official establishment of Nunavut as a Canadian territory in 1993. It is a day to honor and recognize the Inuit culture, traditions, and way of life that have been present in this region for thousands of years. From breathtaking landscapes to unique wildlife, Nunavut has so much to offer and this holiday is a perfect opportunity to learn more about it. So let's take a moment to appreciate all that Nunavut has to offer and celebrate its rich heritage on this special day.

History of Nunavut Day

Nunavut Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1576</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Martin Frobisher's Expedition</div><div class='timeline-text'>English explorer Martin Frobisher visited what is now Nunavut during his search for the Northwest Passage, marking an early contact between Europeans and the Inuit.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1870</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Transfer to Canada</div><div class='timeline-text'>The British government transferred the entire territory, now known as the Northwest Territories, to Canada. The region includes the current territory of Nunavut.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1976</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, an Inuit advocacy organization, was founded. It played a key role in establishing Nunavut.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Plebiscite for Division</div><div class='timeline-text'>A plebiscite took place in Northwest Territories. Majority voted in favor of dividing the territory to create Nunavut.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1993</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Nunavut Land Claims Agreement</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act were passed, leading to the official establishment of Nunavut as a Canadian territory.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celebration of First Nunavut Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Nunavut Day was first celebrated on July 9, commemorating the establishment of the territory, and has since evolved into a wider celebration of Inuit culture and heritage.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Nunavut Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Explore Inuit culture</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the opportunity to learn more about Inuit culture and traditions by visiting local museums, attending cultural events, or reading books about Nunavut and its people.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Celebrate with traditional foods</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Try out some traditional Inuit dishes such as caribou stew or bannock. You can also support local businesses by purchasing food from Inuit-owned restaurants or food stands.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a community event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many communities in Nunavut organize events and activities to celebrate Nunavut Day. Check your local community calendar or social media pages for any upcoming events that you can attend.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Join a traditional game tournament</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Traditional Inuit games such as the high kick or the one foot high kick are popular in Nunavut. See if there are any tournaments happening near you and join in on the fun!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a local Inuit organization</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Nunavut Day is a great opportunity to give back to the community. Consider donating to a local Inuit organization or charity that supports the well-being and development of Nunavummiut (people of Nunavut).</p></div></div>

Why Nunavut Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates the creation of Nunavut</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Nunavut Day marks the anniversary of the passing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act in 1993, which officially created the Territory of Nunavut. This day serves as a reminder of the significance and importance of this event in Canadian history.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It celebrates Indigenous culture and traditions</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Nunavut Day is an opportunity to celebrate and honor the Inuit people who have lived off the land for thousands of years. It is a time to recognize and appreciate their unique cultures, languages, and traditions that continue to thrive in Nunavut.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes understanding and unity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Nunavut Day provides an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together and learn about each other's cultures and histories. It promotes understanding, respect, and unity among all Canadians, helping to build a stronger and more inclusive society.</p></div></div>

5 Fascinating Facts for Nunavut Day Celebrations

Nunavut Day FAQs

When is Nunavut Day?

Nunavut Day is celebrated on July 9th every year. In 2024 Nunavut Day will occur on a Tuesday.

Nunavut Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Jul 9

Sunday

2024

Jul 9

Tuesday

2025

Jul 9

Wednesday

2026

Jul 9

Thursday

2027

Jul 9

Friday

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