Disclaimer: Results are rounded off to nearest percentage point. Results are not official until Elections N.W.T. has reviewed the ballot count, which usually takes several days.
Nunakput (meaning "Our Land" in Inuvialuktun) is the Northwest Territories' northernmost district, encompassing the Arctic coast and islands. Nearly 90 per cent of constituents are Inuvialuit.
Tuktoyaktuk (pop. 870), near the mouth of the Mackenzie River, is the district's major centre, serving as a base for oil and gas exploration in the Beaufort Sea. In winter, it's linked by an ice road to the regional hub of Inuvik. Other communities are subsistence hunting and trapping-based Paulatuk (pop. 294) on the shores of Amundsen Gulf; Holman (pop. 398), renowned for its Inuvialuit prints; and traditional Sachs Harbour (pop. 122), which, at 500 kilometres above the Arctic Circle, is the Northwest Territories' most northerly community.
From Elections N.W.T.:
In 2003, former Tuktoyaktuk mayor Calvin Pokiak narrowly defeated then cabinet minister and fellow Tuktoyaktuk resident Vince Steen to represent the Nunakput district. Steen, a two-term MLA who had been minister of Public Works as well as Municipal and Community Affairs, died of bone cancer at the age of 65 in February 2007. Prior to 1995, Nunakput was the district of then-premier Nellie Cournoyea. Tuktoyaktuk politically dominates this district. Voter turnout tends to be moderate.
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