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Nunavut Day

nunavut-dayJuly 9, Nunavut Day, is an event to mark the official birth of Canada’s newest territory in 1999. Nunavut officially split from the Northwest Territories and became a Canadian territory on April 1, 1999. However, April 1 did not have any real meaning for the people of Nunavut. As a result, Nunavut Day celebrations were moved to July 9 in 2001 and have remained on that date since then.

It is officially recognized as a holiday for all Government of Nunavut employees. Government offices are closed. Employees of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. and the regional Inuit associations celebrate Nunavut Day each year on July 9th with a paid holiday. Note that employees in the private sector do not get the day off with pay because it is not recognized by the Nunavut Labour Standards Act as a public (statutory) holiday. It’s up to individual employers to decide if their staff get Nunavut Day off.

Many events are arranged on Nunavut Day. These include:

  • Communal meals, including pancake breakfasts and barbecue.
  • Speeches by local leaders.
  • Traditional games and dances.
  • Presentations of policies and initiatives to stimulate Nunavut’s cultural and economic sustainability.
  • Competitions to increase the awareness of Nunavut’s history among young people.

Yosie Saint-Cyr
First Reference Inc. Human Resources and Compliance Managing Editor

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Yosie Saint-Cyr

Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 15 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more
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