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The Territory of Nunavut: Introductory Note

Philip Raworth
Edited By: Philip Raworth

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From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 22 September 2021

Nunavut (meaning “our land” in the language of the Inuit) was carved out of the Northwest Territories and officially became a territory of Canada on April 1, 1999. This was the first change in the political map of Canada since Newfoundland joined the confederation in 1949. It comprises three regions: Qikiqtaaluk, Kivalliq and Kitimeot. The capital is Iqalit (formerly Frobisher Bay). Nunavut is a vast area with a land surface of 1,994,000 square kilometers (746,048 square miles) and, if you add the water area, the surface reaches 2,093,190 square kilometers...
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