Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

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Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᐊ
Assemblée législative du Nunavut
Nunavut Maligaliurvia
4th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut[1]
Houses Legislative Assembly
Peter Taptuna, non-partisan consensus government
Since 2013
George Qulaut, non-partisan consensus government
Since 2013
Seats 22
Nunavut Legislative Assembly 22 Members Plan.svg
Political groups

Non aligned assembly (Consensus based)

  •   Members (22)
Last election
October 28, 2013
Meeting place
Leg Building Iqaluit 2000-08-27.jpg
Legislative Building, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada

The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, Canada, is located in Iqaluit, and is the territory's parliament.

The Legislative Assembly was opened by Queen Elizabeth II, as Queen of Canada, on 7 October 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."[2]

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

The Hansard of the assembly is published in Inuktitut 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.

There are no political parties in Nunavut and the territory operates by consensus government. 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.

Current members[edit]

Interior of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

There are currently 22 seats in the legislature. The current assembly is the fourth in the territory's history, and had its membership selected in the 2013 election. Two electoral districts did not have their results finalized on election night, due to an exact tie between two candidates necessitating a judicial recount or a follow-up by-election. Recounts were held in both districts, and Samuel Nuqingaq was declared the winner in Uqqummiut.[3] A by-election was held in Rankin Inlet South on 10 February 2014,[4] with Alexander Sammurtok declared the winner.[5]

Nuqingaq was expelled from the legislature on October 24, 2014 after repeatedly engaging in disorderly and inappropriate conduct,[6] vacating Uqqummiut and resulting in a by-election which was held on February 9, 2015. The by-election was won by Pauloosie Keyootak.[7]

Riding Member
Aggu Paul Quassa
Aivilik Steve Mapsalak
Amittuq George Qulaut
Arviat North-Whale Cove George Kuksuk
Arviat South Joe Savikataaq
Baker Lake Simeon Mikkungwak
Cambridge Bay Keith Peterson
Gjoa Haven Tony Akoak
Hudson Bay Allan Rumbolt
Iqaluit-Manirajak Monica Ell
Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu Pat Angnakak
Iqaluit-Sinaa Paul Okalik
Iqaluit-Tasiluk George Hickes
Kugluktuk Peter Taptuna
Netsilik vacant
Pangnirtung Johnny Mike
Quttiktuq Isaac Shooyook
Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet Tom Sammurtok
Rankin Inlet South Alexander Sammurtok
South Baffin David Joanasie
Tunnuniq Joe Enook
Uqqummiut Pauloosie Keyootak
Mace of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

G7 Summit 2010[edit]

G7 finance ministers met at the Legislative Building in February 2010 for a two-day meeting.[8] Security at the summit was provided by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hansard". Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  2. ^ Kay, Christine and Kearsey, Tara, "Royals start tour in Iqaluit". Northern News Services, 7 October 2002.
  3. ^ Nunavut recounts produce one winner and one intractable deadlock. Nunatsiaq News, November 5, 2013.
  4. ^ Elections Nunavut: Rankin Inlet South voters go back to the polls Feb. 10. Nunatsiaq News, November 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "New Nunavut MLA ready to work “for the people”". Nunatsiaq News, February 11, 2014.
  6. ^ "Nunavut MLA Samuel Nuqingaq expelled from legislative assembly". CBC News, October 24, 2014.
  7. ^ "Pauloosie Keyootak elected MLA for Uqqummiut in byelection". CBC News, February 10, 2015.
  8. ^ "G7 leaders enjoy Arctic outing before talks". CBC News, February 5, 2010.

External links[edit]

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