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Commissioner of Nunavut

Commissioner of Nunavut
Flag of the Office:
Coat of Arms of the Office:
Edna Elias
First commissioner:
Helen Maksagak
April 1, 1999

This is a list of the Commissioners of Nunavut, Canada, since its creation in 1999. As of 12 May 2010, the commissioner is Edna Elias.[1]


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
1 Helen Mamayaok Maksagak 1999-2000
2 Peter Irniq 2000-2005
3 Ann Meekitjuk Hanson 2005-2010
[1] Nellie Kusugak (acting) 2010
4 Edna Elias 2010-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.[2]

Name Term
Name Term
Helen Mamayaok Maksagak 2005-2009
Nellie Kusugak 2010-2010

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.


External links

  • Official Handbook for Commissioners of the Territories (Canada)
  • Office of the Commissioner of Nunavut
  • Coat of Arms of Nunavut
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