July 9 is Nunavut Day (Inuktiut:: ᓄᓇᕗᑦ ᐅᓪᓗᖓ) in Canada commemoration the day in 1993 when the Parliament of Canada passed the Nunavut Act, establishing it as one of the three territories of Canada along with the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
According to canada.ca “There is a clear constitutional distinction between provinces and territories. While provinces exercise constitutional powers in their own right, the territories exercise delegated powers under the authority of the Parliament of Canada.”
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.
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