Photograph by Edward Qaqqasiq


For nearly 5,000 years the Arctic Bay area in what is now Nunavut, Canada’s newest territory, has been occupied by Inuit nomads migrating from the west. In 1872, the Arctic, a European whaling vessel captained by Willie Adams passed through the area and bestowed upon it its English name. The Inuktitut name for Arctic Bay is Ikpiarjuk which means “the pocket” in English, describing the tall hills which surround the nearly landlocked bay on three sides. These days, nearly 1,000 residents call Arctic Bay home.

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