1999
CANADA NEWS

Celebrations mark arrival of Nunavut

from CBC.ca archives | Thu, 1 Apr 1999

IQALUIT - Fireworks lit up the skies over Iqaluit at midnight, marking the creation of Nunavut, Canada's newest territory. More than 25,000 people, most of them Inuit will spend Thursday celebrating the creation of their own government.

The 19 MLAs-elect will swear their oaths and take their new positions in the legislature in the morning.

But the first formal step toward forming the government occurred before the midnight birth. Nunavut's first commissioner, similar to a provincial lieutenant-governor, gave a moving inaugural speech.

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