Gjoa Haven

The Inuktitut name for Gjoa Haven is Usqsuqtuuq, which means “a place with plenty of fat.” The name refers to the fatty fish and seal that were famously abundant in the area.

The explorer Roald Amundsen first travelled to the region in 1903 to gain information about the Magnetic North Pole. In 2003, Gjoa Haven (population approx. 1185) celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Admundsen expedition. Although Gjoa Haven is becoming more modern, and is home to Canada’s most northerly golf course, traditional activities are still enjoyed by many, including throat-singing, drum dancing and hunting.  

Projects

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

The Nunavut Climate Change Centre is devoted to including Nunavut communities in their projects and outreach.  Over the last few years, we have had the opportunity to visit multiple communities including Rankin Inlet, Arviat and Cape Dorset.

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

This course informs government staff of climate change impacts and how to incorporate climate change into deision-making across all government sectors.

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

The Nunavut Climate Change Partnership (NCCP) was a collaborative partnership between the Government of Nunavut, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and Natural Reosurces Canada to build capacity for community-level adaptation planning.

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.

Mercury (Hg) is a toxic heavy metal that changes into various chemical forms through geochemical processes. It is an element that occurs naturally in the environment but with industrialization, humans have altered its cycle by adding more mercury in the water, air, and soil.

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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

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