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Creation of Canada's Newest Territory Broadcast at Bowdoin College

Story posted April 15, 1999


April 1, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum at Bowdoin College offers Maine residents the unique opportunity to witness the historic ceremonies surrounding the formation of Nunavut, Canada's newest territory.

The live Broadcast begins at noon Thursday, April 1, in the Language Media Center Lobby, Sills Hall, at Bowdoin. An evening celebration, including musical performances will be broadcast at 8 p.m. in Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. Both events are free and open to the public but parking is limited for the noon broadcast, so those hoping to attend should register with the museum at 725-3416.

Nunavut, "our land" in the Inuit language, is being created from the eastern half of the former Northwest Territories and will cover 733,608 square miles. It is home to 22,000 people, about 85% of them Inuit. Because the population is overwhelmingly Inuit, it will be permitted a form of self-government, with 19 democratically elected representatives. The formation of the new territory settles a land dispute between the Inuit of Nunavut and Canada.

The settlement, ratified in 1993, gave the Inuit title to 137,394 square miles of land and a 1.1 billion cash settlement to be paid over 14 years. The settlement, along with the new government, gives the people of Nunavut unprecedented control over all aspects of their lives, from education to the management of resources and economic development.

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