Monday, April 02, 2007

Nunavut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nunavut - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Nunavut (Inuktitut syllabics: The word 'Nunavut' in Inuktitut syllabics; IPA pronunciation: [ˈnunəˌvut] ) is the largest and newest of the territories of Canada; it was separated officially from the vast Northwest Territories on April 1, 1999 via the Nunavut Act[2] and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act[3], though the actual boundaries were established in 1993. The creation of Nunavut resulted in the first major change to Canada's map since the incorporation of the new province of Newfoundland including Labrador) in 1949.

The capital, Iqaluit (formerly 'Frobisher Bay') on Baffin Island, in the east, was chosen by the 1995 capital plebiscite. Other major communities include the regional centres of Rankin Inlet and Cambridge Bay. Nunavut also includes Ellesmere Island to the north, as well as the eastern and southern portions of Victoria Island in the west. Nunavut is both the least populated and the largest of the provinces and territorities of Canada. It has a population of only 29,474[1] spread over an area the size of Western Europe. If Nunavut were a sovereign nation, it would be the least densely populated in the world: Nearby Greenland, for example, has almost the same area and twice the population."

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