The commissioner of Nunavut (Inuktitut: ᑲᒥᓯᓇ ᓄᓇᕗᒧᑦ; Inuinnaqtun: Kamisinauyuq Nunavunmut; French: Commissaire du Nunavut) is the Government of Canada's representative in the territory of Nunavut. The current commissioner since January 14, 2021 is Eva Aariak.
|Commissioner of Nunavut|
| ᑲᒥᓯᓇ ᓄᓇᕗᒧᑦ|
Commissaire du Nunavut
since January 14, 2021
|Formation||April 1, 1999|
|First holder||Helen Maksagak|
The commissioner is appointed to represent the Canadian federal government and performs many of the same duties of lieutenant governors in Canadian provinces, such as swearing in members of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut and approving territorial legislation. However, unlike a lieutenant governor or the governor general of Canada, the commissioner is not a viceroy and does not represent the Canadian monarch.
The position was created in 1999 with the creation of the new Nunavut territory. Like other territorial commissioners, the commissioner is appointed by the Government of Canada and represents the Canadian cabinet in the territory.
|1||Helen Maksagak||1999–2000||Paul Okalik|
|2||Peter Irniq||2000–2005||Paul Okalik|
|3||Ann Meekitjuk Hanson||2005–2010||Paul Okalik|
|–||Nellie Kusugak (acting)||2010||Eva Aariak|
|4||Edna Elias||2010–2015||Eva Aariak|
|5||Nellie Kusugak||2015–2020||Peter Taptuna|
|–||Rebekah Williams (acting)||2020–2021||Joe Savikataaq|
|6||Eva Aariak||2021–present||Joe Savikataaq|
Note. Prior to April 1, 1999, Nunavut was part of the Northwest Territories. See Commissioners of Northwest Territories.
The role of deputy commissioner was added in 2005 by amending the Public Officer Act and Seals Act to be inline with the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
The duties of the commissioner are similar to that of the lieutenant governors of the provinces. However, since commissioners represent the Government of Canada rather than the Crown, they are not viceroys.
- ^ Elias named Nunavut commissioner
- ^ Committee appointed to find the next Nunavut commissioner
- ^ a b PM announces Nellie Taptaqut Kusugak as Commissioner of Nunavut Archived 2015-06-26 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ a b "Speak Inuktitut, protect the vulnerable, says Nunavut commissioner on end of five-year term". CBC News. 23 June 2020. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
- ^ Prime Minister announces new Commissioner of Nunavut Archived 2021-01-12 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ PC 2021-0006 Appointment of EVA QAMANIQ AARIAK of Iqaluit, Nunavut, to be Commissioner of Nunavut for a term of five years, effective January 14, 2021
- ^ Regulations Amending the Formal Documents Regulations Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ Minister Valcourt Announces Re-Appointment of Nellie T. Kusugak as Deputy Commissioner of Nunavut Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine