Nunavut Day (Inuktiut: ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖓ) is a public holiday in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. On July 9, 1993, the Parliament of Canada passed the Nunavut Act, establishing the territory of Nunavut. Nunavut became a legally distinct territory from the Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999. However, it was felt that the 1993 Nunavut Land Claims Agreement had greater significance to the people of Nunavut, so the holiday is celebrated on July 9.
The official flag of Nunavut It features a red inuksuk —a traditional Inuit land marker—and a blue star, which represents the Niqirtsuituq, the North Star, and the leadership of elders in the community. The colours blue and yellow represent the riches of the land, sea and sky. It was adopted following a process where input was sought from local communities and submissions were solicited from the Canadian public. It has been released by its author into the public domain.