Thursday, September 04, 2008

Nunavut Celebrates 15 Years of Inuit Land Claims

On July 9, 1993, Canada's Parliament passed the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act and the Nunavut Act. The Act granted the Inuit their own territory and the right to form and run their own government.   In 1999, Nunavut officially became a new territory in Canada.  Recently, Nunavut celebrated its 15 year anniversary of Inuit Land Claims. 

"We ... recognize the efforts of our past leaders of the years - you're looking at [a] 25-, 30-year span - and our Inuit leaders at that time that worked so hard to get the land claims underway and trying to get recognition for the Inuit of Nunavut," said Paul Kaludjak, president of Nunavut Tunngavik, Inc.  "It's been [an] uphill battle ...  It's not all glamour, and it's been difficult at many times."  

The Nunavut Day Celebrations were kicked off by Kaludjak and Nunavut Premier Paul Okalik at Nakasuk School in Iqaluit. Those attending enjoyed a feast, scavenger hunt, Inuit arts and craft show, chili cook-off and games. Inuit in Yellowknife also celebrated with a downtown lunch hour barbecue.

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