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The Government of Nunavut has expanded who can celebrate Nunavut Day as a holiday.

As of this year, all industries regulated by the territory are able to take Nunavut Day as a day off work. That means this year’s July 9 holiday will include employees in grocery stories, construction and other Nunavut-owned businesses.

Previously, the holiday was only applicable to government employees under the Public Service Act. 

However, those working directly for the Government of Canada and in other federally-regulated industries such as banks, airlines and Canada Post are still not eligible to observe Nunavut Day as a holiday.

July 9 was chosen to mark Nunavut Day because that’s when the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act came into force in 1999. 

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Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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