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Nunavut sannginivut (Our land, our strength)

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Nunavut is Canada’s newest territory. It was established on 1 April 1999. The Inuit languages (Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun), English and French are all official languages of the territory. Nunavut means ‘our land’ and its dramatic landscape is both strikingly beautiful and rich in natural resources. 

Although the English explorer Martin Frobisher made the first written accounts of Nunavut, Baffin Island has been identified as a possible location of Helluland, the ‘land of flat stones’ spoken of in Norse sagas. Frobisher Bay is an inlet that goes deep into Baffin Island; Nunavut’s capital Iqaluit sits at its head. The tides of Frobisher Bay are the second most active in the world and can rise and fall more than 11m in the course of a 24-hour period.

The Nunavut Room features a pair of aquatints by Germaine Arnaktauyok, At the Height of his Power/The Shaman’s Apprentice. This diptych draws on the myths and traditions of the Inuit ancestral culture. It is complemented by a beautiful, specially commissioned carpet designed by the Uqqurmuit Centre for Arts and Crafts.

Uqqurmuit Centre for Arts and Crafts carpet artwork

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The steepest and tallest cliff in the world is Baffin Island’s Mont Thor in Auyuittuq National Park. It is 1,250m high.

If Nunavut were a country, it would be the 15th largest in the world.

The opening sequence to the James Bond film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, starring Roger Moore, was filmed in Nunavut. Stuntman Rick Sylvester is seen skiing off Mount Asgard before parachuting down to the snowy slopes below.

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