Legislative Assembly of Nunavut

The Legislative Assembly of Nunavut is the legislative assembly for the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The seat of the Assembly is the Legislative Building of Nunavut in Iqaluit.

Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
ᓄᓇᕗᒥ ᒪᓕᒐᓕᐅᕐᕕᐊ
Assemblée législative du Nunavut
Nunavut Maligaliurvia
5th Legislative Assembly of Nunavut
Type
Type
History
Founded1999
Preceded byLegislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories
Leadership
Joe Savikataaq, non-partisan consensus government
since 2018
Structure
Seats22
Political groups
Non aligned assembly

(Consensus based)

  •   Members (22)
Elections
Last election
30 October 2017
Next election
On or before 25 October 2021
Meeting place
Legislative Chamber
Legislative Building, Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Website
http://www.assembly.nu.ca

Prior to the creation of Nunavut as a Canadian Territory on April 1, 1999, the 1999 Nunavut general election was held on February 15 to determine the 1st Nunavut Legislature. 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."[1]

Prior to the opening of the Legislative Building in October 1999 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, Ontario.[citation needed]

The territory operates by consensus government; there are no political parties. 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.