Premier of Nunavut

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Premier of Nunavut
ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ
Hivuliqti Nunavunmi
Premier ministre du Nunavut
P.J. Akeeagok

since November 19, 2021
Office of the Premier
Status Head of Government
Member of
Reports to
Seat Iqaluit
Appointer Commissioner of Nunavut
with the confidence of the Nunavut Legislature
Term length At His Majesty's pleasure
contingent on the premier's ability to command confidence in the legislative assembly
Formation1 April 1999
First holder Paul Okalik
DeputyDeputy premier of Nunavut
Website Office of the Premier

The premier of Nunavut (Inuktitut : ᓯᕗᓕᖅᑎ ᓄᓇᕗᒻᒥ; Inuinnaqtun: Hivuliqti Nunavunmi; French : premier ministre du 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.


Unlike most other premiers who are officially appointed by a lieutenant governor or commissioner on account of their leadership of a majority bloc in the legislature, the premier, and the Cabinet, is directly elected by the non-partisan members of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, in accordance with the system of consensus government. The premier is formally appointed by the commissioner of Nunavut, who is bound to act on the Assembly's recommendation by both the Nunavut Act and convention. [1] [2]


The territory's first premier, Paul Okalik, was elected after the 1999 general elections. He was re-elected to a second term after the 2004 general elections. [3] Although Okalik was re-elected to a third term after the 2008 general elections in the Iqaluit West riding, he was defeated by newly elected MLA Eva Aariak in the premiership vote on November 14. [4] On 15 November, 2013, Peter Taptuna beat out Okalik and Paul Quassa for the position of premier. [5] Quassa was elected in 2017 but lost a confidence vote in 2018 which lead to the election of Joe Savikataaq. P.J. Akeeagok was selected to become premier in the Nunavut Leadership Forum on November 17, 2021 defeating Savikataaq. [6] [7]

Premiers of Nunavut

Term of officeElectoral mandates (Assembly)Political partyRidingRef.
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Paul Okalik
(b. 1964)
1 April
19 November
Non-partisan MLA for Iqaluit West
Premier Eva Aariak cropped.jpg
Eva Aariak
(b. 1955)
19 November
19 November
Non-partisan MLA for Iqaluit East
Peter Taptuna 2014-01-29 (01).jpg
Peter Taptuna
(b. 1956)
19 November
21 November
Non-partisan MLA for Kugluktuk
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Paul Quassa
(b. 1952)
21 November
14 June
Non-partisan MLA for Aggu
Joe Savikataaq.jpg
Joe Savikataaq
(b. 1960)
14 June
19 November
Non-partisan MLA for Arviat South
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P.J. Akeeagok
(b. 1984)
19 November
incumbent Non-partisan MLA for Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu [8]

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  1. Legislative Assembly of Nunavut Frequently Asked Questions
  2. The Role of the Commissioner of Nunavut
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