Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

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Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᐊ
Assemblée législative du Nunavut
Nunavut Maligaliurvia
5th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
Preceded byLegislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Joe Savikataaq, non-partisan consensus government
since 2018
Nunavut Legislative Assembly 22 Members Plan.svg
Political groups
Non aligned assembly

(Consensus based)

  •   Members (22)
Last election
30 October 2017
Next election
Meeting place
Interior Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.JPG
Legislative Chamber
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 Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of Canada, on 7 October 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."[1]

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 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.

Current members

Mace of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

There are currently 22 seats in the legislature. The current assembly is the fifth in the territory's history, and had its membership selected in the 2017 election.[2] One electoral district did not have its results finalized on election night, due to margin of less than two percent between two candidates, necessitating a judicial recount.[3] The results of the recount were confirmed by 5 November.[4]

Riding Member[2]
Aggu Paul Quassa
Aivilik Patterk Netser
Amittuq Joelie Kaernerk
Arviat North-Whale Cove John Main
Arviat South Joe Savikataaq
Baker Lake Craig Simailak
Cambridge Bay Jeannie Ehaloak
Gjoa Haven Tony Akoak
Hudson Bay Allan Rumbolt
Iqaluit-Manirajak Adam Arreak-Lightstone
Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu Pat Angnakak
Iqaluit-Sinaa Elisapee Sheutiapik
Iqaluit-Tasiluk George Hickes
Kugluktuk Calvin Pedersen[5]
Netsilik Emilino Qirngnuq
Pangnirtung Margaret Nakashuk
Quttiktuq David Akeeagok
Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet Cathy Towtongie
Rankin Inlet South Lorne Kusugak
South Baffin David Joanasie
Tununiq David Qajaakuttuk Qamaniq
Uqqummiut Pauloosie Keyootak

G7 Summit 2010

G7 finance ministers met at the Legislative Building in February 2010 for a two-day meeting.[6] Security at the summit was provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

See also


  1. ^ Kay, Christine and Kearsey, Tara, "Royals start tour in Iqaluit" Archived 3 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Northern News Services, 7 October 2002.
  2. ^ a b 2017 General Election Archived 7 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine from Elections Nunavut.
  3. ^ "Close race in western Nunavut hub triggers recount". Nunatsiaq News, 31 October 2017.
  4. ^ "'I'm finally feeling rested': Recount confirms Jeannie Ehaloak's election in Cambridge Bay". CBC North, 5 November 2017.
  5. ^ Kugluktuk By-Election
  6. ^ "G7 leaders enjoy Arctic outing before talks". CBC News. 5 February 2010.