Commissioners of Nunavut

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Commissioner of Nunavut
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Nellie Kusugak

since 23 June 2015
Style Honourable
Appointer Governor-in-Council
Formation April 1, 1999
First holder Helen Maksagak
Website website

This is a list of the Commissioners of Nunavut, Canada, since its creation in 1999. As of 12 May 2010, the commissioner is Nellie Kusugak. The commissioner is appointed by the Government of Canada, but a commissioner, in contrast to the Governor General of Canada or the Lieutenant-Governors of the Canadian Provinces, is not a viceroy and therefore commissioners are not direct representatives of the monarch in the territory.


The position was created in 1999 with the creation of the new Nunavut territory. Like other territorial commissioners, he or she is appointed by the Government of Canada and represents the Canadian cabinet in the territory.

# Name Term
1 Helen Mamayaok Maksagak 1999-2000
2 Peter Irniq 2000-2005
3 Ann Meekitjuk Hanson 2005-2010
[1] Nellie Kusugak (acting) 2010
4 Edna Elias 2010-2015[2]
5 Nellie Kusugak 2015-present[3]

Note. Prior to April 1, 1999, Nunavut was part of the Northwest Territories. See Commissioners of Northwest Territories.

Deputy Commissioner[edit]

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.[4]

Name Term
Helen Mamayaok Maksagak 2005-2009
Nellie Kusugak 2010-2015[5][3]

Living former Commissioners[edit]


The duties of the Commissioner is similar to that of the lieutenant governors of the provinces, but, they represent the Government of Canada not the monarch therefore, they are not viceroys.


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