Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
Assemblée législative du Nunavut
|6th Nunavut Legislature|
|Preceded by||Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories|
|Non-aligned assembly |
|25 October 2021|
|On or before 27 October 2025|
Legislative Building, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut is the legislative assembly for the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The seat of the Assembly is the Legislative Building of Nunavut in Iqaluit.
Prior to the creation of Nunavut as a Canadian territory on April 1, 1999, the 1999 Nunavut general election was held on February 15 to determine the 1st Nunavut Legislature. The Legislative Assembly was opened by Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, on October 7, 2002, during her Golden Jubilee tour of Canada. In her speech the Queen stated: "I am proud to be the first member of the Canadian Royal Family to be greeted in Canada's newest territory."
Prior to the opening of the Legislative Building in October 1999 the members met in the gymnasium of the Inuksuk High School.
The Hansard of the assembly is published in Inuktitut (syllabics) and English, making the territory one of only three Canadian jurisdictions to produce a bilingual Hansard, along with the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick and the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.[ citation needed ]
The territory operates by consensus government; there are no political parties. Approximately two weeks after an election, the newly elected legislature meets in a special session called the Nunavut Leadership Forum to select the Executive Council, or cabinet.
Members of the Legislative Assembly are sworn in by the Commissioner of Nunavut.
There are currently 22 seats in the legislature. The current assembly is the sixth in the territory's history, and had its membership selected in the 2021 election.Two electoral districts did not have their results finalized on election night, due to margin of less than two percent between two candidates, necessitating a judicial recount. The results of the recount were confirmed by 2 November.
|Aggu||Joanna Quassa||Minister of Culture and Heritage, Minister responsible for Qulliq Energy Corporation, Minister responsible for Languages, Minister responsible for Seniors|
|Amittuq||Joelie Kaernerk [A]|
|Arviat North-Whale Cove||John Main [B]||Minister of Health, Minister responsible for Suicide Prevention|
|Arviat South||Joe Savikataaq [B]|
|Baker Lake||Craig Simailak|
|Cambridge Bay||Pamela Gross [A]||Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College|
|Gjoa Haven||Tony Akoak||Speaker|
|Hudson Bay||Daniel Qavvik|
|Iqaluit-Manirajak||Adam Lightstone||Minister of Finance, Minister of Human Resources, Minister responsible for Workers Safety and Compensation Commission, Minister responsible for the Liquor Licensing Board|
|Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu||P.J. Akeeagok||Premier, Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Minister responsible for Immigration, Minister responsible for the Utility Rate Review Council|
|Pangnirtung||Margaret Nakashuk [B]||Minister of Family Services, Minister responsible for Status of Women, Minister responsible for Homelessness, Minister responsible for Poverty Reduction|
|Quttiktuq||David Akeeagok [B]||Minister of Environment, Minister of Justice, Minister responsible for Labour, Minister responsible for Democratic Institutions, Minister responsible for Human Rights Tribunal|
|Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet||Alexander Sammurtok|
|Rankin Inlet South||Lorne Kusugak||Government House Leader, Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, Minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation|
|South Baffin||David Joanasie [B]||Minister of Community and Government Services|
G7 finance ministers met at the Legislative Building in February 2010 for a two-day meeting.Security at the summit was provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Iqaluit is the capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut, its largest community, and its only city. It was known as Frobisher Bay from 1942 to 1987, after the large bay on the coast on which the city is situated. In 1987, its traditional Inuktitut name was restored.
Paul Okalik is a Canadian politician. He is the first Inuk to have been called to the Nunavut Bar. He was also the first premier of Nunavut.
The premier of Nunavut is the first minister for the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The premier is the territory's head of government, although their powers are somewhat more limited than those of a provincial premier.
The Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly, or Legislative Council of the Northwest Territories, is the legislature and the seat of government of Northwest Territories in Canada. It is a unicameral elected body that creates and amends law in the Northwest Territories. Permanently located in Yellowknife since 1993, the assembly was founded in 1870 and became active in 1872 with the first appointments from the Government of Canada.
Hunter A. Tootoo is a Canadian politician who served as the Member of Parliament for Nunavut from 2015 to 2019. Elected as a Liberal to the House of Commons, he was appointed Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard by Justin Trudeau on November 4, 2015. Tootoo resigned from that position on May 31, 2016, to take a leave from Parliament to seek treatment for alcohol addiction. He returned to Parliament by the end of July 2016 after the completion of his treatment program, but sat as an independent member for the remainder of the 42nd Parliament and did not run for re-election.
Edward "Ed" Walter Picco is a Canadian politician first elected in the 1995 Northwest Territories election. He was re-elected in the 1999 Nunavut election and in the 2004 Nunavut election. Picco is one of the few Canadian politicians elected to two different legislative assemblies, having been elected in 1995 to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories and in 1999 to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.
The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut is the presiding officer of the territorial legislature in Nunavut, Canada. Since 1999 the position has been elected by Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) using a secret ballot. The current speaker is Tony Akoak.
Ludy Pudluk was a Canadian territorial level politician and cabinet minister. A climate change activist, he resided in Resolute, Nunavut.
Titus Allooloo is a business man and former territorial level politician from Nunavut, Canada. He served as a member and cabinet Minister of the Northwest Territories Legislature through two terms from 1987 until 1995.
The 2008 Nunavut General Election was held on October 27, 2008, to return members to the 3rd Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. The election was contested across 15 of Nunavut's 19 electoral districts under the first past the post system of voting. Due to local circumstances, the election was delayed in two districts, and two districts did not hold elections as their incumbent MLAs faced no opposition and were acclaimed back into office.
Eva Qamaniq Aariak is a Canadian Inuk politician, who was elected in the 2008 territorial election to represent the electoral district of Iqaluit East in the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. She was subsequently chosen as the second premier of Nunavut, under the territory's consensus government system, on November 14, 2008. Aariak was the fifth woman to serve as a premier in Canada.
The Human Rights Act 2003 (Act) is an Act of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, the majority of which came into effect on November 5, 2004. The stated purposes of the Act are "to acknowledge within the framework of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit that the Government, all public agencies, boards and commissions and all persons in Nunavut have the responsibility to guarantee that every individual in Nunavut is afforded an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life and that failure to provide equality of opportunity threatens the development and well-being of all persons in the community." The Act explicitly does not affect any protections provided for by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. A notable achievement of this legislation was to end Nunavut's status as the only jurisdiction in Canada without protections for gay, lesbian and bisexual residents against discrimination.
The 2013 Nunavut general election was held October 28, 2013, to elect 22 members to the 4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. In November 2012 the assembly passed the Nunavut Elections Act 2012, stating that the writs for election drop September 23, 2013, and an election be held October 28, 2013, the proclamation was registered November 9, 2012. At the 2013 forum, held on November 15, 2013, Peter Taptuna was selected as the new Premier of Nunavut.
Pat Angnakak is a Canadian politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2013 election and reelected in 2017. She represented the electoral district of Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu until 2021; she resigned her seat in the legislature in August 2021 in order to run as a Liberal Party of Canada candidate in the 2021 Canadian federal election, but was defeated by Lori Idlout of the New Democratic Party.
The 2017 Nunavut general election was held on October 30, 2017 to return the members of the 5th Nunavut Legislature. The fifth general election held since the creation of the territory in 1999, it was the first election held under Nunavut's new fixed election dates law, which requires elections to be held no more than four years after the prior election.
Simonie Michael was a Canadian politician from the eastern Northwest Territories who was the first Inuk elected to a legislature in Canada. Before becoming involved in politics, Michael worked as a carpenter and business owner, and was one of very few translators between Inuktitut and English. He became a prominent member of the Inuit co-operative housing movement and a community activist in Iqaluit, and was appointed to a series of governing bodies, including the precursor to the Iqaluit City Council.
Pauloosie Jamesie Akeeagok, commonly, and officially known, as P.J. Akeeagok, is a Canadian Inuk politician who in 2021 became the sixth and current premier of Nunavut. He was elected a member of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2021 Nunavut general election. He represents the electoral district of Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu.
Janet Pitsiulaaq Brewster is a Canadian Inuk politician, who was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut in the 2021 Nunavut general election. She represents the electoral district of Iqaluit-Sinaa.
The 6th Nunavut Legislature began after the 2021 general election on October 25. The election returned 22 non-partisan members.