Nunavut celebrated the opening of a state-of-the-art research centre.

The Nunavut Research Centre in Iqaluit has been in operation since February, but on Wednesday, dignitaries, researchers and other invited guests were on hand for a special ceremony.

"There is a pressing need for cutting-edge research combined with traditional knowledge in the North, administered by Northerners and more and more conducted by Northerners," said Nunavut premier Eva Aariak.

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Nunavut premier Eva Aariak and Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq help cut a cake to celebrate the official opening of the Nunavut Research Centre in Iqaluit.

The 10,000 square foot building is home to research labs, classrooms and offices. It's also home to the environmental technology program at Nunavut's Arctic College.

Aariak says having Inuit involved in scientific research will ensure traditional knowledge is passed on to future generations.

Most of the money for the facility has come from the federal government. Nunavut MP Leona Aglukkaq was also on hand for the official opening.