The NWT Association of Municipalities was formed in 1967 to represent the interests of municipal governments in what was then the Northwest Territories.
In 1999, Nunavut was created as part of the 1993 Nunavut Land Settlement Agreement, which stipulated the division of the N.W.T into two territories. The land claim is administered by Nunavut Tungavik Incorporated, which represents Inuit interests in Nunavut.
The translation of Nunavut means “our land.” Inuit are a majority in Nunavut and at the time were not interested in separate governing institutions. Public governments are the vehicle for the political aspirations of the residents.
The communities of Nunavut are incorporated under the Hamlets Act or the Cities, Towns and Villages Act with Iqaluit, the Capital of Nunavut being the only city. All other communities in Nunavut are Hamlets and are incorporated under the Hamlets Act.
With the creation of Nunavut, came the creation of a new association in 1999 representing the 25 municipalities.The Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM) is the non-governmental organization providing a forum, support and a unified voice for municipalities across Nunavut.
Nunavut’s population is estimated at around 40,000. Over 85% of those living in Nunavut are Inuit, living in 25 municipalities distributed in three regions: the Qikiqtani, Kivalliq and Kitikmeot.
Our Board of Directors
There are six members on the Board of Directors for the Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM)
Joe Savikataaq Jnr.
John Charles Pizzo-Lyall
Regional Director Alternates
There are three members in the Regional Director Alternates team for the Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM)
Nunavut Association of Municipalities office is located in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
Minutes from the meetings of the Board of Directors and from the NAM AGM where the voices of 25 municipalities are heard, and as a result, the advocacy priorities for NAM for the year ahead are established.
Our Past Leaders
It is always important to acknowledge the contribution of those Mayors that acted as Past Presidents of NAM and represented all communities of Nunavut in the national forum.
We hope to fill in some of the blanks with your help!