|Regions of Nunavut|
|Populations||6,543 (Kitikmeot Region) — 18,988 (Qikiqtaaluk Region)|
|Areas||443,277.47 km2 (171,150.39 sq mi) (Kitikmeot Region) — 989,879.35 km2 (382,194.55 sq mi) (Qikiqtaaluk Region)|
The Canadian territory of Nunavut, which was established in 1999 by the 1993 Nunavut Land Claims Agreement, is divided into three regions. Though these regions have no governments of their own, Nunavut's territorial government services are highly decentralized on a regional basis.[further explanation needed]. In addition, these regions serve as census divisions for Statistics Canada (though the Qikiqtaaluk and Kivalliq regions are known as the "Baffin Region" and the "Keewatin Region" to the agency, respectively).
It is a misconception that Nunavut is made up of some of the former regions of the Northwest Territories (NWT), separated in their entirety. This is not the case; the dividing line did not follow region boundaries, although boundaries have been subsequently finessed so that three former NWT regions collectively constitute Nunavut.
The regional divisions are distinct from the district system of dividing the Northwest Territories that dated to 1876 and was abolished when Nunavut was created, although for practical purposes had not been used since the 1980s. Nunavut encompasses the entirety of the District of Keewatin (which had differing boundaries from the Keewatin/Kivalliq regions), the majority of the District of Franklin and a small portion of the District of Mackenzie.
(corresponding census division)
|Regional centre||Former NWT region||Population, 2016 (2011)||Population change
|Land area||Population density||Map|
|Cambridge Bay||Kitikmeot Region||6,543
|+8.8%||443,277.47 km2 (171,150.39 sq mi)||0.015/km2 (0.039/sq mi)|
|Rankin Inlet||Keewatin Region||10,413
|+16.3%||444,621.71 km2 (171,669.40 sq mi)||0.023/km2 (0.061/sq mi)|
|+12.1%||989,879.35 km2 (382,194.55 sq mi)||0.019/km2 (0.050/sq mi)|