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NunatuKavut (Canada)

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[NunatuKavut flag] image located by Dave Fowler, 2 November 2018
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"NunatuKavut Community Council unveiled its official new flag over the weekend (26 October 2018) at its annual general assembly, and President Todd Russell says the momentous reveal was just one part of an inspirational weekend. The AGA for NunatuKavut, which represents Inuit and those of Inuit ancestry, was held on Labrador south coast, and had a number of cultural sessions.

As part of the AGA, Russell said the official new NunatuKavut flag, which showcases cornerstones of Labrador Inuit culture, was unveiled. It's a beautiful vibrant flag and it has those beautiful colours that resemble the sky, the water, the snow, ice, the land itself, so it has these beautiful, beautiful white, green, blue beautiful, vibrant colours," Russell said.

The image in the centre features an ulu, a traditional Inuit knife used by women. "It represents the tremendous role that our grandmothers, our aunts, that the women and the girls in Inuit culture played in our communities, in our history and they still do," said Russell. Within the ulu image is a dog sled team, showing the importance of husky dogs, as well as a kudlik, a traditional seal oil lamp. "That was such an important part of the life of our communities. It provided heat, it provided warmth, it was a place that families gathered, and so that flame in that seal oil lamp burns really, really bright, and that speaks to our future, as well. It speaks to our past and it's inspired by the future. And what a time to unveil it, just after we had the acceptance of our recognition of Indigenous rights and self-determination process," Russell said.

Sources:
https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net
https://www.facebook.com/NunatuKavut/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/
Dave Fowler, 2 November 2018


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[NunatuKavut flag] image located by Vanja Poposki, 24 September 2012

The flag shows the name and motto beneath an inukshuk.
Vanya Poposki, 24 September 2012

NunatuKavut, the as-yet unrecognized southern Labrador Inuit territory in Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada, has initiated a competition to design their first flag: http://www.nunatukavut.ca/home/files/pg/flag_poster-1.pdf. The contest was posted on Sept 24.

Background on the territory at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NunatuKavut, not to be confused with the recognized northern Inuit territory in Labrador, Nunatsiavut.
Dave Fowler, 2 October 2013

The Metis region of Labrador known as NunatuKavut has been soliciting flag designs for at least a few years, and has now settled on a proposal, and is seeking feedback on it.​
Dave Fowler, 26 December 2016

This flag is prominently displayed at https://www.facebook.com/groups/flagsoftheworld/permalink/1906850499329663/, where Prime
Minister Trudeau was present at an event in Newfoundland apologizing for the legacy of residential schools for First Nations members. Visible are flags of Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, Labrador, Nunatsiavut, NunatuKavut, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and Innu Nation.
Esteban Rivera, 1 December 2017