Iqaluit celebrates territorial pride at Nunavut Day gathering

 By Jeff Pelleter  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Nunavummiut shared their territorial pride and reflected on the past three decades during Nunavut Day celebrations in Iqaluit Sunday afternoon. The holiday marked 30 years since the Nunavut Act and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act were signed into law on July 9, 1993, paving the way for the split from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut receiving official territorial status in 1999. Hundreds of people gathered outside the Igluvut building to take part in festivities that included live music, a barbecue, games and BeaverTails. Many were old enough to remember when land claim negotiations were ongoing. Neevee Akpalialuk, originally from Pangnirtung, was a CBC reporter 30 years ago when negotiations were taking place. “We are proud to be Inuk, to live in this…

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