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Nunatsiavut (Canada)

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[Nunatsiavut territory flag] by Jorge Candeias


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A new Canadian Inuit territory of Nunatsiavut was established within the boundaries of Newfoundland and Labrador sometime next year. Agreement on the framework of this agreement was announced on Friday.

The Legislative capital is Hopedale, administrative capital is Nain.

I was told by the public affairs person at the Labrador Inuit Association that the colors of the flag deliberately echo that of the Labrador flag.
Dave Fowler, 2 September 2003

This a First Nations territory - not at the same level as Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, or Yukon. It is in Newfoundland and Labrador, and echoes the development of a similar First Nations people who establish a territory in northwestern British Columbia last year.
Rob Raeside, 2 September 2003

According to the settlement agreement, the settlement applies to Labrador. There is also a Nunatsiavut claim in Quebec which is not part of this agreement.
Phil Nelson, 2 September 2003

The two "top stones" on the regional emblem, which is on the flag, according to the photo on the official website, should be rose or pink, not white.

Some basic information about this entity from Wikipedia.

Nunatsiavut is an area claimed by the Inuit in Canada (not to be confused with the territory Nunavut). The claim extends from Labrador to Quebec. In the year 2002, the Labrador Inuit Association submitted a proposal for limited autonomy to the government of Newfoundland and Labrador. The constitution was ratified on 1 December 2005, at which time the Labrador Inuit Association ceased to exist, and the new Government of Nunatsiavut began operations, initially being responsible for health, education and cultural affairs.

In Inuktitut, Nunatsiavut means "Our Beautiful Land." This name was ratified by the Labrador Inuit Constitution, passed by the Labrador Inuit Association in 2002. One of the main objectives of autonomy is for the preservation of the Inuit culture and language, as well as the environment through environmental stewardship.

Land area: "On January 22, 2005, the Inuit of Nunatsiavut signed an agreement with the federal and provincial government covering 72,520 square kilometres of land, including the entire northern salient of Labrador north of Nain as well as a portion of the Atlantic coast south of there. The agreement also includes 44,030 square kilometres of sea rights. Although the Inuit will not own the whole area, they will enjoy special rights related to traditional land use, and they will own 15,800 square kilometres designated Labrador Inuit Lands. The agreement also establishes the Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve in the northern area of the land claim."

Population: "This region in northern Labrador had a population of 2,160 Inuit, or 4% of the total Inuit population." - according to Canada Statistics.
Valentin Poposki, 3 April 2008