As a result of the changing feelings toward self-government, in 1983, the Special Committee of the House of Commons on Indian Self Government was created specifically in an effort to shift power back in to the hands of Indigenous people; particularly in areas where they were the majority.
The committee came out with a report recommending that First Nations be recognized as their own form of government which came to be known as the Penner report. Moving on, also happening at the time were major decisions in regard to land claims for indigenous communities.
To look at this moment, the context of this geographical change, the description of the moment and the reasons why this moment is so important will be covered in this blog.
This moment is very important in Canadian history because in the creation of Nunavut, the Inuit people were able to have a territory in which they were the majority.
That same year, Peter Ittinuar was elected to Parliament for the riding of Nunatsiaq as a New Democratic Party member.
He was the first native Canadian ever elected to Parliament with the exception of Louis Riel who was elected in 1874, while still in hiding in the United States.
The Arctic Winter Games, held biannually since 1970, include a variety of traditional and nontraditional games and involve athletes from across the Circumpolar World.
The creation of Nunavut in 1999 was the Canada’s last geographical change.
Before Nunavut, there were only two territories in Canada, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon.
Nunavut was split from the Northwest Territories and became its own territory.