Authentic license plate from the Northwest Territories of Canada. Starting in 1986, new plates featuring the same blue on white format as the 1983 base were issued. These plates changed to narrower dies and added the slogan “Explore Canada’s Arctic” at the top. These plates remain in use today. There was a recent controversy in the Territories regarding plates, as the new territory of Nunavut formed from the northeast portion of the NWT in 1999. Since Nunavut is located in the area where the majority of the polar bears are, residents of that area laid claim to the distinctive design. The two territories struck a compromise measure where both continue to use the bear shaped plate.