The Order of Nunavut Act was passed by the Legislative Assembly in December of 2009 and came into force on January 1, 2010. The objective of the Order is to honour individuals who have provided an outstanding contribution to the cultural, social or economic well-being of Nunavut.
The Order is the highest honour of Nunavut and takes precedence over all other orders, decorations or medals conferred by the Government of Nunavut. The Order of Nunavut Advisory Council recommends individuals for investiture into the Order. The members of the Advisory Council are the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, the Senior Judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice and the President of Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated.
A maximum of three individuals may be invested into the Order each year. A Canadian citizen is eligible to become a member of the Order if, at the time of investiture, he or she is a resident of Nunavut or if he or she was formerly a long-term resident of Nunavut or the area that became Nunavut on April 1, 1999.
The following are not eligible for appointment to the Order while they hold office: Members of the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut; Members of Parliament; mayors and members of municipal councils; judges of any court; members of the Advisory Council and the Secretary of the Council.
The 2011 recipients of the Order of Nunavut were the Reverend Michael Gardener, C.M., the late Mark Kalluak, C.M. and the late Jose Amaujaq Kusugak. The 2012 recipients of the Order of Nunavut were the late Kenojuak Ashevak, C.C. and the late Charlie Panigoniak. The 2013 recipients of the Order of Nunavut were Jimmy Akavak, Louis Angalik Sr. and Davidee Arnakak. The 2014 recipient of the Order of Nunavut was John Amagoalik. The 2015 recipients of the Order of Nunavut were Tagak Curley, C.M., the late William Lyall, C.M. and the late Father Robert Lechat, O.M.I. The 2016 recipients of the Order of Nunavut were Ellen Hamilton, Red Pedersen and the late Louie Kamookak. The 2017 recipients of the Order of Nunavut were Betty Brewster and Ludy Pudluk. The 2018 recipient of the Order of Nunavut was Zacharias Kunuk. The 2019 recipient of the Order of Nunavut was Peter Tapatai. There were no recipients in 2020. The 2021 recipients were Maryanne Inuaraq Tattuinee and Dorothy Atuat Tootoo. There were no recipients in 2022.
|The Order of Nunavut 2023 Nomination Form