The Nunavut Act, S.C. 1993, c.28 as amended
brought Nunavut into being April 1, 1999 (s.3) and provided, at s.29, that the
ordinances of the Northwest Territories and "the laws made under
them effective March 31, 1999 will be duplicated for Nunavut."
To accommodate modifications of N.W.T. law
which were required to be in force April 1, 1999, ss. 29 and 76.05 of the Nunavut
Act were amended to allow GNWT to pass certain kinds of legislation on Nunavut's
behalf. These powers were exercised in packages of "Division Legislation"
which received Royal Assent December 9th, 1998 (6th Session of the 13th
Legislative Assembly) and March 29th, 1999 (7th Session of the 13th Legislative
After April 1, 1999, only legislative amendments made by the
Nunavut Legislative Assembly apply to legislation inherited from the N.W.T.
Amendments to NWT legislation after April 1, 1999
DO NOT APPLY to Nunavut
except where specifically indicated.
Legislation Division is pleased to announce the launch of the
new Department of Justice and Legislation Division websites.
The Legislation Division website includes:
Nunavut Land Claims Agreement
(available on the Legislative Assembly web site until passage of 3d reading)
(maintained by the GN Department of Justice, Legislation Division)
PUBLIC ACCESS TO NUNAVUT'S LEGISLATION
- all Acts made in Nunavut, in English, French and Inuktitut
- the Nunavut Gazette, in English and French
- numerous reference tables to assist users in finding relevant material
- consolidations of Acts and regulations, current to April 1, 1999,
which include the legislation duplicated for Nunavut on division
and the Flag of Nunavut Act
- more current consolidations prepared by Legislation Division
since April 1, 1999, in English, French and Inuktitut
All general information on the new Website is in Innuinaqtun, Inuktitut,
French and English. Other material, such as Acts and regulations,
is included on the Website to the extent that material is available
in the particular language. For instance, all Acts made in Nunavut
since April 1, 1999 are in Inuktitut as well as English and French.
In the future, Legislation Division plans to add more reference tables and
up to date consolidations, and is also looking for a more effective search engine.
The Department of Justice is pleased to be able to provide this information
to the public without charge. Legislation Division will continually add new
material to the Website in an effort towards providing more public access to
the laws of Nunavut.