The Inuit name Taloyoak describes a large stone blind that was formerly used by hunters to herd caribou for the kill. Taloyoak (population approx. 900) is west of the Boothia Peninsula, at the heart of the Northwest Passage. Formerly known as Spence Bay, the area has a long history of exploration, including the famed John Ross expeditions in the 1830s that resulted in the pinpointing of the Magnetic North Pole. Later that century, between the years of 1848 and 1860, American and British ships came to the area in search of the legendary Franklin Expedition.

Taloyoak’s present attractions are primarily its landscape, history, and fish and wildlife resources. The landscape is good for hiking. ATV or foot trails take locals and visitors to popular fishing and camping spots at nearby lakes. Artists, carvers and artisans are prolific in the area. The community based manufacturing of Spence Bay ‘packing dolls’—arctic animals dressed in duffel amautiit, carrying their young—contribute to the community’s economy.

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.

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.

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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