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Nunavut means 'Our Land' in Inuktitut, and this territory in northern Canada rightly belongs to the Inuit again.

On Thursday April 1st, 1999 Canada's Inuit people achieved indepedence, and Iqualuit became their capital.

Nunavut - Land of The Inuit

The Inuit have been ignorantly referred to as Eskimos in the past, but the majority of people interested in the world we live in appreciate that there is more to the Inuit than a liking for fur-lined Parka jackets.

Their traditional hunting and trapping way of life has been passed down from the elders over thousands of years; the Inuit were on the American continent before Columbus even knew that land exhisted west of the Mediterranean.

In the early 1960's, the Canadian government put it upon themselves to systematically destroy the Inuit culture by shooting their sled dogs.

If you lose your driving licence, it's probably because you were caught by the police while driving under the influence. The Inuit were just trying to live their simple lives in a harsh environment. Take away the dogs and you sever their mobility, independence, and eventually their self worth.

Paul Okalik was chose to represent the Inuit - on March 5th, 1999 - and his early task was to give the Inuit back their self belief and bring their culture back from despair.

Getting There and Around

Air Nunavut:
P.O. Box 1239, Iqaluit NT, XOA OHO, Canada
Tel.: (867) 979-2400. Fax: (867) 979-4318

Based in Iqaluit, Air Nunavut offers service to every Baffin community as well as Labrador, Greenland and northern Quebec. Scheduled flights link Pangnirtung, Cape Dorset, Broughton Island and Sanikiluaq.

Air Inuit
Air Inuit is wholly owned by the people of Nunavik. Charters fly to Nunavut from La Grande Riviļæ½re, Povungnituk and Kuujjuaq.

Airport Codes

Akulivik (AKV), Aupaluk (YPJ), Inukjuak (YPH), Ivujivik (YIK), Kangiqsualujjuaq (XGR), Kangiqsujuaq (YWB), Kangirsuk (YKG), Kuujjuaq (YVP), Kuujjuaraapik (YGW), La Grande (YGL), Montreal - Trudeau (YUL), Puvirnituq (YPX), Quaqtaq (YQC), Quebec - Jean-Lesage (YQB), Salluit (YZG), Sanikiluaq (YSK), Schefferville (YKL), Sept-Iles (YZV), Tasiujaq (YTQ), Umiujaq (YUD), Wabush (YWK).

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Celebrate Canada for 11 Days

National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day (June 24), Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).

Nunavut Tourism:
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Related Links

Flying to Nunavut:
Most people visiting Nunavut arrive by air. There are no road links from the South and, with the exception of a 21-kilometre stretch between Arctic Bay and Nanisivik, no roads between communities.

Government of Nunavut:
Embracing both traditional knowledge and values and the new opportunities presented by technologies like the Internet, the Government of Nunavut now provides a wide range of services tailored to the unique needs of approximately 29,000 residents.

Map of Nunavut:
Large map of the Nunavut Territory with links to Nunavut Visitor's Centers and weather reports.

Nunavut Flag and Coat of Arms:
The motto in Inuktitut -- Nunavut Sanginivut -- means 'Nunavut, our strength'.

Nunavut Handbook:
The 1999 on-line edition of The Nunavut Handbook. Still the world's most comprehensive travel guide to Canada's Arctic.

Nunavut Parks:
Nunavut's territorial parks, heritage rivers, historic sites, and conservation areas provide habitat for caribou, polar bear, and other wildlife and are places the Inuit like to use for dog-sledding, boating or camping -- remembering the way their ancestors lived thousands of years ago.
Information gateway to Nunavut.

The Trans Canada Trail:
At present, the only portion of the Trans Canada Trail that can be found on the Nunavut map is a section of Trail in the Iqaluit area.

Aboriginal Youth Network:
Aboriginal young peoples connect and interact with each other from reserves, settlements, friendship centers, schools, urban centers and communities around the world.

Arctic Dawn:
Go back to the Canadian Arctic in 1768 on the journey of Samuel Hearne. The story is linear, although you can dive in at the table of contents from any page.

National Aboriginal Day - June 21st.

Nunatsiaq News:
The Nunatsiaq News web site features the Nunavut and Nunavik editions of Nunatsiaq News, all rolled into one.

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Nunavut Travel map (English and French Edition)

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