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Commissioner of Nunavut

Arms of Her Majesty
in Right of Nunavut
Ann Meekitjuk Hanson
First commissioner:
Helen Maksagak
April 1, 1999

This is a list of the Commissioners of Nunavut, Canada, since its creation in 1999.



The position of Commissioner was created in 1999 with the creation of the new territory. Like other territorial Commissioners, he or she is appointed by the Government of Canada and representative to the cabinet for the territory.

Name Term
Helen Mamayaok Maksagak 1999-2000
Peter Irniq 2000-2005
Ann Meekitjuk Hanson 2005-present

Note. Prior to April 1, 1999, Nunavut was part of the Northwest Territories. See Commissioners of Northwest Territories.


Deputy Commissioner

The role of Deputy Commissioner was added in 2005 by amending the Public Officer Act and Seals Act to be inline with the Yukon and Northwest Territories.[1]

'Name Term
Helen Mamayaok Maksagak 2005-2009
vacant 2009-present

Living former Commissioners


The duties of the Commissioner is the same as that of the lieutenant governors of the provinces, but they are not vice-regals and therefore not the Queen's Representative of the territory.


The Commissioner has an official seal, but there is no flag other than the territorial one.

It consists of a two supporters (one is a ring seal and other Sedna) bearing the shield (purple and on it is a qulliq coloured white with yellow flames), surmounted by a rock ptarmigan on a bed of five purple saxifrage flowers and with the motto "Cooperation enhances peace". Above the motto is the Order of Nunavut and the Order of Canada.


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