Pangnirtung

Settled at the bottom of a mountain, at the mouth of a river and surrounded by spectacular fiords, Pangnirtung is located on Baffin Island, in Cumberland Sound. Known to outdoor enthusiasts as the gateway to the famous Auyuittuq National Park, the town is home to just under 1,500 people.

Pangnirtung is famed for its art and one of the great attractions is the Uqqurmiut Inuit Arts Centre. The centre’s Artist Association hosts print and weave shops, which create beautiful woven tapestries and prints. The acclaimed “Pang” hats, colourfully patterned crocheted toques made by local craftspeople, can also be purchased at the Centre’s gift shop.

Pangnirtung Fisheries contributes to the community’s economy through the harvesting and processing of arctic char and Baffin turbot (Greenland halibut). Employees at the newly-modernized processing plant prepare the daily catch of fish for shipment to international locations.

Projects

The purpose of this doctoral research is to engage with artists to explore the perspectives of Inuit artists about environmental change, specifically climate change and its impact on sea ice, and to better appreciate how artistic expression can help communities, scientists and policy makers to na

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

This research looks at the causes of search and rescue (SAR) and more broadly unintentional injuries on the land in Nunavut. We focus on SAR because of the health and cultural importance to being on the land.

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.

Higher than normal summer temperatures over the past few decades have resulted in increased melt of glaciers and ice caps in the Canadian Arctic, particularly since 2005.

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

The Geological Survey of Canada has developed a summary database and map of recent permafrost temperatures for Nunavut Canada. The database includes publicly available information from over 100 boreholes.

Many Strong Voices is an organization that visited the community of Pangnirtung and did a community based Photo Voice type project with the Youth.

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

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.

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