Thursday, April 1, 1999
What it is:
Eastern half of Northwest Territories. Created as part of Nunavut land claim. Comes into effect April 1. Capital is Iqaluit.
Two million square kilometres comprising one-fifth of Canada. Twice the size of Ontario. Spans three time zones.
About 25,000. Roughly 85 per cent Inuit. About 12,200 registered voters.
Welfare supports one-third of residents. Per capita income about $11,000 a year. Unemployment rate 22 per cent.
More than 90 per cent of $600 million budget will come from federal government.
19 seats. Non-party system. Members run as independents, choose premier and cabinet from among themselves and govern by consensus.