List of premiers of Nunavut

The Canadian territory of Nunavut was formed on April 1, 1999 through the Nunavut Act and the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement Act. Nunavut, since its formation, has had a consensus government. In a consensus government, the premier is elected by the non-partisan members of the Legislative Assembly. Prior to April 1, 1999, the land that Nunavut occupies was part of the Northwest Territories.[1]


The territory's first premier, Paul Okalik, was elected after the 1999 general elections. He was re-elected to a second term after the 2004 general elections.[2] Although Okalik was re-elected to a third term after the 2008 general elections in the Iqaluit West riding, he was defeated by newly elected MLA Eva Aariak in the premiership vote on November 14.[3] On 15 November, 2013, Peter Taptuna beat out Paul Okalik and Paul Quassa for the position of premier.[4]

Premiers of Nunavut

No. Portrait Name
Term of office Electoral mandates (Assembly)

1 Paul Okalik
(b. 1964)
MLA for Iqaluit West
1 April 1999

19 November 2008

2 Eva Aariak
(b. 1955)
MLA for Iqaluit East
19 November 2008

19 November 2013

3 Peter Taptuna
(b. 1956)
MLA for Kugluktuk
19 November 2013

21 November 2017

4 Paul Quassa
(b. 1952)
MLA for Aggu
21 November 2017

June 14 2018

5 Joe Savikataaq
(b. 1960)
MLA for Arviat South
14 June 2018

Living former premiers

As of June 2018, four former premiers are alive. Since the creation of the office in 1999, no former premier has died.

NameTermDate of birth
Paul Okalik 1999–2008 (1964-05-26) May 26, 1964
Eva Aariak 2008–2013 (1955-01-10) January 10, 1955
Peter Taptuna 2013–2017 1956 (age 6263)
Paul Quassa 2017–2018 1951 (age 6768)

See also


  • "Commissioners and Premiers of Nunavut". The Canadian Encyclopedia. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  1. "On the Nunavut Campaign Trail". CBC. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  2. "Constituency Profiles". CBC. 27 October 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008.
  3. "Nunavut names new premier" Archived 2008-11-17 at the Wayback Machine, The Globe and Mail, November 14, 2008.
  4. MLAs choose Peter Taptuna to serve as Nunavut premier
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