What's happening for Nunavut Day

It's a statutory holiday today in Nunavut as residents celebrate the anniversary of the day in 1993 that the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement was signed.

On July 9, Nunavut celebrates the anniversary of the day in 1993 that the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement was signed. It's a statutory holiday in the territory. Here are a few of events going on today around Nunavut.


There will be free movie screenings at the Astro Theatre of Frozen and Chronicles of Narnia, as well as an Inuktitut film festival from 7 to 11 p.m.

Astro Theatre free movies

11 a.m. - Frozen

1:30 p.m. - Chronicles of Narnia

Inuktitut films:

7 p.m. - episodes of Wapos Bay

7:30 p.m. - short films: The Amautilik; the Orphan and the Polar Bear; and Super Shamou

​9 p.m. - Maina

9 p.m. - Nanook Taxi 

Judging for the Nunavut Day cake decorating contest will take place at 11:30 at the Igluvut Building, followed by the opening ceremonies for Nunavut Day at noon.

From 12:30 to 4 p.m., there will be a feast along with music and games at the Parnaivik Parking lot, with performances by Kasuktaqtiit, The Trade Offs, the Jerry Cans, and Simeonie Keenainak and the band. The Nunavut Arts and Crafts Association is also holding a craft show at the Cadet Hall from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rankin Inlet

Rankin Inlet's event will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a craft and bake sale outside the Nunavut Tunngavik office. Then there will be live entertainment, a BBQ, and games for kids, adults and elders. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. there will be a boat race, followed by a draw for airline tickets and a candy throw at 5:00 p.m. to finish off the day.

Clyde River

Clyde River will hold a barbecue at the community hall at 1 p.m., along with a traditional clothing contest for adults and children. A sculpin fishing contest takes place in the afternoon, followed by more events at the community hall including a cake decorating contest, a homemade Nunavut Day outfit contest and a singing contest. 

This sculpture, commissioned by NTI, was unveiled in Iqaluit on Nunavut Day 2013 in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. Three artists, one from each of Nunavut's three regions, collaborated on the piece: Lootie Pijami, Inuk Charlie and Paul Maliki. (CBC)


Sanikiluaq's events start at 9 a.m. at the picnic spot behind the Co-op store and include indoor and outdoor games, a picnic and a tea boiling contest, where participants will use materials found on the tundra.


Igloolik's Nunavut Day activities will start with a pancake breakfast at noon and include face painting, a small inukshuk building contest, ayaya and drum dancing, throat singing, a high kick contest, and a bannock making contest. Games will include mosquito catching, the 4-way tug of war, and eat five crackers and whistle. At 5 p.m. there will be a barbecue supper followed by a bonfire and marshmallow eating contest. Things will wrap up with a Hukki dance at the elementary school from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Cambridge Bay

Cambridge Bay will celebrate with a community barbecue, a bannock making contest and games, including harpoon throwing, happy train and the four-man tug of war at the Kiilinik baseball field. There will also be a free swim at the pool.


Kugluktuk's events will happen in and around the community's recreation complex. They include a parade and bike decorating contest, qulliq lighting and a best man/best woman contest, where entrants must compete in a series of tasks such as tea boiling and fish filleting. At 5 p.m. there will be a potluck dinner followed by a performance by a magician.


The community of Grise Fiord will meet near the shore at noon for a duck race (using wooden ducks on a string) and a homemade sailboat race. Back in town for the afternoon there will be a picnic and games, an Arctic willow picking contest, a bannock and tea making contest, and a Nunavut Day cake contest.


Resolute's events start at 2 p.m. at the park and will feature a community barbecue and games.

Whale Cove

Whale Cove's events kick off with a barbecue at noon at the baseball field, followed by games including a 4x4 dingy race, tug of war, egg toss, saw wood/hammer and nail dice games, and a tea boiling contest. Things finish off with a square dance at 8 p.m. at the community hall.