Today, 37,000 people live in Nunavut. Many of the residents are temporary government workers, researchers, or labourers. An ariel view of Iqaluit will reveal that there aren’t any roads leading out from the capital city, only being connected to the rest of Canada via plane or ship. Thus, Nunavut is one of the most remote, sparsely settled regions in the world. With that being said, Nunavut displays much of the diversity you would expect of a province or territory in Canada. Stop signs are in three languages, English, French, and Inuktitut. While many Inuit residents have thousands of years of family history in the region, many of Nunavut’s population have unique reasons for why they call the territory home. Here are some of the many faces of Nunavut.
Nunavut has been the centre of renowned exploration for thousands of years. The region has had a continuous population for around 4000 years and is featured in the Norse sagas. The first contact with European settlers and explorers was in 1450 but written accounts begin in 1576 with English explorer Martin Frobisher. Exploration and adventure opportunities in Nunavut are still incredibly abundant. Pictured is Roposie Alivaktuq an adventure guide in Pangnirtung.
Pictured is sled dog guide, Kevin Sudlovenick. While there are roads in Nunavut, there isn’t a cohesive network from region to region. As a result, ATV’s, snowmobiles, planes, and boats are the most common forms of travel in Canada’s north. But at one time, dog sleds were the most popular form of travel and human habitation of arctic regions may have not been possible without it. At one time there were many dog breeds specifically adapted to polar temperatures. Today, sled dogging is still a popular recreational activity in Nunavut.
Parks Canada plays an important role in educating visitors on the geography of Nunavut. Ambassadors of the region, such as Billy Etooangat (pictured), who works in communication visitor services at Parks Canada in Nunavut, are vital to understanding and navigating Nunavut’s wild spaces. With such a rugged and unique landscape, Nunavut is home to some of the most remote and challenging climates and landscapes in Canada, but if navigated appropriately, it is a region that can provide unparalleled scenery and once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Pictured are throat singers, Teresa Qiatsuq and Alexia Galloway-Alainga. Inuit throat singing or “katajjaq,” is a form of musical performance among the Inuit. Performers typically sing only in duets, in something akin to a contest, attempting to outlast the other. Today throat singing is performed as a musical performance and throat singers often collaborate with popular non-throat singing musicians.