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Nunavut: Idealism versus reality

On April 1, 1999, the new territory of Nunavut was born, finally making the controversial dream of the Northwest Territories' Inuit a reality. It meant the Inuit gained self-rule and control over their own institutions. This was the result of years of lobbying Ottawa and numerous plebiscites overwhelmingly in favour of self-determination. But along with the territory come the challenges: combating suicide, reversing assimilation and regaining a sense of identity.

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After 13 years in Nunavut politics, Ed Picco looks back on the exciting developments he's seen during his time in office. They include the election of the first premier - Paul Okalik, an Inuk - the controversial implementation of a single time zone and the equally contentious decision to decentralize the territory's civil service. He also reflects on the creation of Nunavut's own education act while he was minister of education.


Medium: Television
Program: Northbeat
Broadcast Date: Oct. 27, 2008
Guest: Ed Picco
Reporter: Sean Rombough
Duration: 3:59

Last updated: September 3, 2013

Page consulted on June 24, 2014

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