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.

Latest Projects

Climate Change Introduction was produced by The Aqqiumavvik Society in Arviat to address climate change impacts in Arviat. 

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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