1992 Nunavut creation referendum

A referendum on the creation of the territory of Nunavut was held between 3 and 5 November 1992 in the territory set to become the new territory.[1] It was approved by 69% of voters.[2] On 25 May 1993 the Mulroney government and the Tunngavik Federation of Nunavut signed the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement. On 10 June 1993 the parliament of Canada passed two laws dividing the Northwest Territories and providing for the formation of Nunavut on 1 April 1999.[2]


A 1982 referendum had approved the division of the Northwest Territories and the creation of a new territory, later to become Nunavut. The government of Canada gave a conditional agreement to the plan seven months later.[3] In December 1991 the federal government reached an agreement with the Inuit on their land claims, with the "Parker line" set as the boundary between the existing territory and the new one.[4] This was approved in a referendum in May 1992.[4]


Choice Votes %
For 69
No 31
Invalid/blank votes
Total 100
Registered voters/turnout 9,648 81
Source: Direct Democracy


  1. ^ J. Patrick Boyer (1996) Direct Democracy in Canada: The History and Future of Referendums, Dundurn, p260
  2. ^ a b Nunavut (Canada), 5 November 1992: Creation of Nunavut Direct Democracy (in German)
  3. ^ Peter Jull (1988). "Building Nunavut: A Story of Inuit SelfGovernment". The Northern Review No. 1 (Summer 1988). Yukon College (1): 59–72. Retrieved February 16, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Northwest Territories (Canada), 4 May 1992: Border with Nunavut Direct Democracy (in German)

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