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.  

Latest Projects

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

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

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.

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.

Permafrost vulnerability maps were developed for seven communities. These maps are useful for people who are making decisions about where and how to put infrastructure in Nunavut communities, and gives us more information around current conditions.

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

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.

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.

Arviat Goes Green  was produced by the The Aqquimavvik Society in Arviat  to identify how climate change is impacting their community and how to deal with these changes. 

 

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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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