Advance voting begins today on Nunavut land sale issue

People in 11 Nunavut communities can vote early today on whether their hamlet or city council should be able to sell municipal lots to individuals or companies in the future.

11 communities can place early votes in offices of chief returning officers

A portion of a brochure on the land referendum issue produced by the Government of Nunavut. (Government of Nunavut )

People in 11 Nunavut communities can vote early today on whether their hamlet or city council should be able to sell municipal lots to individuals or companies in the future.

Residents in Arviat, Baker Lake, Cambridge Bay, Gjoa Haven, Igloolik, Iqaluit, Kugluktuk, Sanikiluaq, Pond Inlet, Pangnirtung and Rankin Inlet have the option of voting in advance on the issue at the office of their local chief returning officer until May 4.

A full list of voting office addresses can be found here.

If the majority of residents in each community vote no, land in that community will continue to be leased for a fee.

One community's vote does not affect the outcome of the vote in another community.

The full referendum will take place in all Nunavut communities on May 9.

The Government of Nunavut has a number of educational materials on the issue, which were vetted for their neutrality by Elections Nunavut.

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