MAY 25, 1993


The NLCA, signed in Iqaluit by the Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut (now Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated), the Government of Canada, and the Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT), gave the Inuit of the central and eastern NWT a separate territory.  It is the largest Aboriginal land claim settlement in Canadian history. The NLCA addresses a broad range of political and environmental rights concerns including wildlife management and harvesting rights, land, water and environmental management regimes, parks and conservation areas, heritage resources, public sector employment and contracting issues.  The agreement indicates two regions that are the focus of the agreement: First, the Arctic islands and the mainland eastern Arctic, and their adjacent marine areas; second, the Belcher Islands, its associated islands and adjacent marine areas.  The NLCA received Royal Assent on July 9, 1993.

Source:  “Backgrounder - Nunavut Land Claims Agreement ¿ Settlement Agreement,” Government of Canada.  Retrieved 7/1/2019,
Graphic:  Kooma (James Leigh), 11/26/2005.  Flag of Nunavut.  James Leigh, Sodipodi’s clip art.  Released into Public Domain by the author for any purpose and with no limitations  

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