Arctic Bay/Nanisivik

Arctic Bay, (population approx. 760) known to Inuit as Ikpiarjuk, “the pocket”, is surrounded on three sides by high hills. Located on northern Baffin Island, it is a great place to experience the sights of narwhals, walruses, seals & other sea mammals. Arctic Bay is connected to the nearby mining community of Nanisivik by a 32 kilometre road. Nanisivik was developed in the 1970's to support Breakwater Resources’ lead/zinc/silver mine, which is now in the last stages of closing.

Latest Projects

Addressing climate change and identifying approaches for supporting current and future climate change adaptation projects across the Canadian Arctic.

What do your elders and community leaders in Nunavut have to say about changing climate conditions over the years? Do you have images of your region that show the effects of climate change? Submit a community report and add your contribution to our store of knowledge.

Seasonal changes in the northern landscape, together with extreme weather events, can create instability and hazards, including flooding, landslides, thaw failure and subsidence, coastal ice push, storm surges, and coastal erosion. Our project team is measuring both the drivers of change and the effects of instability in community landscapes at selected sites across the Arctic.

A multi-community project studying the changing conditions of frozen ground to depths of 15 metres.

Our project examines the fundamental questions: what is Arctic security? What should policy makers anticipate that the circumpolar world will look like in the future, given the various forces that are now transforming this region?

Research on Arctic marine mammals via the collection of detailed empirical information throughout Canadian Arctic marine ecosystems, using a variety of methods including both scientific and local knowledge.

The ‘Our Changing Land, Our Changing People:  Building Nunavut’s Climate Resilience’ workshop was hosted to address how Nunavut can become more resilient in light of climate change. The workshop took place in Iqaluit between January 31 and February 2, 2017

A territory-wide program focusing on advancing climate change adaptation knowledge and decision-making  on resource development in Nunavut.

Climate warming is driving a rapid transformation of polar ecosystems, and we urgently need to study the vulnerability of seafloor biodiversity to changes that are already underway.

Communities across the Canadian Arctic are exposed and sensitive to changes in social, political, cultural environmental and economic sys-tems.

What can you do to help?

Tell us about what's happening in and around your community, post pictures and add to our database of Inuit Quajimajatuqangit about climate change.

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