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Cape Dorset

The Inuktitut name for Cape Dorset, Kingait, refers to the picturesque hills that surround the community. Located on southwestern Baffin Island, Cape Dorset has been inhabited for over 1000 years. Thule and Inuit archeological sites are located in the Mallikjuaq Historic Park, adjacent to the community.

Cape Dorset (pop. 1411) has an international reputation for Inuit art, specifically print making and stone carvings. Inuit art enthusiasts from around the world travel to Cape Dorset to meet with local acclaimed artists and visit the West Baffin Eskimo Co-­operative, where prints and carvings are displayed and sold. Many Cape Dorset artists have also shown their work at international art shows and galleries.

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Latest Adaptation Projects by Community

Infrastructure in the Canadian Arctic is being affected by climate change impacts such as permafrost thaw, coastal erosion, and changing temperatures and precipitation patterns.  With this in mind, the Standards Council of Canada established the Northern Infrastructure Standardization Initiative

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.

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.

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.

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.