Iqaluit kicks off celebrations to mark Nunavut Day

July 9 is Nunavut Day, when people from across the territory celebrate the day the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement was passed by Parliament

Festivities include traditional fashion show, miniature boat race and fishing derby

A number of activities are scheduled in Iqaluit to celebrate Nunavut Day. (Submitted by Candice Qablunaaq)

Today, July 9, is Nunavut Day, when people from across the territory commemorate the passing of the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement.

This year, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) and the planning committee for Iqaluit's Toonik Tyme Festival collaborated on festivities taking place in the territory's capital.

Activities range from miniature boat racing to heather plant collecting, a square dance and a fishing derby. There will also be a fashion show with traditional dress.

Joanasie Akumalik is with the Toonik Tyme planning committee. He said organizers encourage people to come out and celebrate Nunavut Day "with a blast."

NTI, which is responsible for ensuring promises made under the agreement are followed, is also celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Nunavut Day celebrations are scheduled to take place at the Igluvut building.

Inuksuk High School will be the alternate location if the weather is bad.

Some roads in Iqaluit will be closed off for people to enjoy the celebrations.

Sections of the streets on either side of the lgluvut building will be closed between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Drivers will have turn early on Nunavut Drive to gain access to Federal Road. This is for the safety of participants in the Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated festivities.

With files from Sara Frizzell