Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut is the legislative assembly for the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The seat of the Assembly is the Legislative Building of Nunavut in Iqaluit.

Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᐊ
Assemblée législative du Nunavut
Nunavut Maligaliurvia
6th Nunavut Legislature
Coat of arms or logo
Preceded byLegislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
P.J. Akeeagok, non-partisan
since 2021
Tony Akoak, non-partisan
since 2021
Nunavut Legislative Assembly 22 Members Plan.svg
Political groups
Non-aligned assembly

(Consensus based)

  •   Members (22)
Last election
25 October 2021
Next election
On or before 27 October 2025
Meeting place
Interior Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.JPG
Legislative Chamber
Legislative Building, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

Prior to the creation of Nunavut as a Canadian territory on April 1, 1999, the 1999 Nunavut general election was held on February 15 to determine the 1st Nunavut Legislature. The Legislative Assembly was opened by Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, on October 7, 2002, during her Golden Jubilee tour of Canada. In her speech the Queen stated: "I am proud to be the first member of the Canadian Royal Family to be greeted in Canada's newest territory."[1]

Prior to the opening of the Legislative Building in October 1999 the members met in the gymnasium of the Inuksuk High School.

The Hansard of the assembly is published in Inuktitut (syllabics) and English, making the territory one of only three Canadian jurisdictions to produce a bilingual Hansard, along with the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick and the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.[citation needed]

The territory operates by consensus government; there are no political parties. Approximately two weeks after an election, the newly elected legislature meets in a special session called the Nunavut Leadership Forum to select the Executive Council, or cabinet.

Members of the Legislative Assembly are sworn in by the Commissioner of Nunavut.

Current membersEdit

Ceremonial mace of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

There are currently 22 seats in the legislature. The current assembly is the sixth in the territory's history, and had its membership selected in the 2021 election.[2] Two electoral districts did not have their results finalized on election night, due to margin of less than two percent between two candidates, necessitating a judicial recount. The results of the recount were confirmed by 2 November.[3]

Constituency Member[2] Portfolio[4]
Aggu Joanna Quassa Minister of Culture and Heritage, Minister responsible for Qulliq Energy Corporation, Minister responsible for Languages, Minister responsible for Seniors
Aivilik Solomon Malliki
Amittuq Joelie Kaernerk[A]
Arviat North-Whale Cove John Main[B] Minister of Health, Minister responsible for Suicide Prevention
Arviat South Joe Savikataaq[B]
Baker Lake Craig Simailak
Cambridge Bay Pamela Gross[A] Deputy Premier, Minister of Education, Minister responsible for Nunavut Arctic College
Gjoa Haven Tony Akoak Speaker[5]
Hudson Bay Daniel Qavvik
Iqaluit-Manirajak Adam Lightstone Minister of Finance, Minister of Human Resources, Minister responsible for Workers Safety and Compensation Commission, Minister responsible for the Liquor Licensing Board
Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu P.J. Akeeagok Premier, Minister of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Minister responsible for Immigration, Minister responsible for the Utility Rate Review Council
Iqaluit-Sinaa Janet Brewster
Iqaluit-Tasiluk George Hickes
Kugluktuk Bobby Anavilok
Netsilik Inagayuk Quqqiaq
Pangnirtung Margaret Nakashuk[B] Minister of Family Services, Minister responsible for Status of Women, Minister responsible for Homelessness, Minister responsible for Poverty Reduction
Quttiktuq David Akeeagok[B] Minister of Environment, Minister of Justice, Minister responsible for Labour, Minister responsible for Democratic Institutions, Minister responsible for Human Rights Tribunal
Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet Alexander Sammurtok
Rankin Inlet South Lorne Kusugak Government House Leader, Minister of Economic Development and Transportation, Minister responsible for the Nunavut Housing Corporation
South Baffin David Joanasie[B] Minister of Community and Government Services
Tununiq Karen Nutarak
Uqqummiut Mary Killiktee


A After recount
B Acclaimed

G7 Summit 2010Edit

G7 finance ministers met at the Legislative Building in February 2010 for a two-day meeting.[6] Security at the summit was provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kay, Christine and Kearsey, Tara, "Royals start tour in Iqaluit" Archived 3 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Northern News Services, 7 October 2002.
  2. ^ a b "Official elections results". Elections Nunavut. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  3. ^ "Joelie Kaernerk won a second term in Amittuq while Pamela Hakongak Gross will be the MLA for Cambridge Bay". 2 November 2021. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Premier Akeeagok announces cabinet portfolios". Government of Nunavut. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  5. ^ "MLAs sworn in by Nunavut commissioner". Nunatsiaq News. 19 November 2021. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  6. ^ "G7 leaders enjoy Arctic outing before talks". CBC News. 5 February 2010.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 63°45′01″N 068°31′24″W / 63.75028°N 68.52333°W / 63.75028; -68.52333 (Legislative Assembly of Nunavut)