A referendum on the creation of the territory of Nunavut was held on 5 November 1992 in the territory set to become the new territory. It was approved by 69% of voters. On 10 June 1993 The federal government passed two laws dividing the Northwest Territories and providing for the formation of Nunavut on 1 April 1999.
A 1982 referendum had approved the division of the Northwest Territories and the creation of a new territory, later to become Nunavut. The federal government gave a conditional agreement to the plan seven months later. 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 province and the new one. This was approved in a referendum in May 1992.