The Qikiqtaaluk Region, Qikiqtani Region (Inuktitut:
ᕿᑭᖅᑖᓗᒃ pronounced [qikiqtaːˈluk]) or Baffin Region
is the easternmost administrative region of Nunavut, Canada.
Qikiqtaaluk is the traditional
Inuktitut name for Baffin Island.
Qikiqtaaluk Region is the most commonly used name in
official contexts, several notable public organisations, including
Statistics Canada prefer the older term Baffin Region.
With a population of 18,988 and an area of 989,879.35 km2
(382,194.55 sq mi) it is the largest and most populated of
the three regions.
The region consists of Baffin Island, the Belcher Islands, Akimiski
Island, Mansel Island, Prince Charles Island, Bylot Island, Devon
Island, Cornwallis Island, Bathurst Island, Amund Ringnes Island,
Ellef Ringnes Island, Axel Heiberg Island, Ellesmere Island, the
Melville Peninsula, the eastern part of Melville Island, and the
northern parts of Prince of Wales Island, and Somerset Island, plus
smaller islands in between. The regional seat, and territorial
Iqaluit (population 7,740.). The Qikiqtaaluk Region
spans the northernmost, easternmost, and southernmost areas of
Before 1999, the
Qikiqtaaluk Region existed under slightly different
boundaries as the Baffin Region, District of Keewatin, Northwest
Hans Island as part of Qikiqtaaluk, while Denmark
considers it to be part of the Greenlandic municipality of Avannaata.
6 Killing of the sled dogs
7 Reconciliation and truth commissions
8 Protected areas
10 Surrounding census divisions
11 See also
13 Further reading
14 External links
Communities in the
Qikiqtaaluk Region (Nunavut)
All of Qikiqtaaluk's thirteen communities are located on tidal water
and just under half of its residents live in Nunavut's capital and
Iqaluit (7,740.). The majority of the rest live in
Arctic Bay (868),
Cape Dorset (1,441), Clyde
Grise Fiord (129),
Hall Beach (848), Igloolik
Pangnirtung (1,481), Pond Inlet
Qikiqtarjuaq (598), Resolute (198) and Sanikiluaq
(882). Alert (CFS Alert) and Eureka are part of the Baffin,
Unorganized (62) areas in Qikiqtaaluk.
Formerly there was a mining town at Nanisivik. However, it and the
Nanisivik Mine closed in 2002, with
Nanisivik Airport closing in 2010
and all flights transferred to
Arctic Bay Airport.
Like the majority of Canada's
Inuit communities, the regions
traditional country food includes seal, Arctic char, walrus, polar
bear and caribou-which are abundant.
Mount Odin, Auyuittuq National Park
Iqaluit waterfront, 2011
Iqaluit has the Astro Hill Complex, the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum
and the Legislative Building of
Nunavut and the Unikkaarvik Visitors
According to anthropologists and historians, the
Inuit are the
descendants of the
Thule people who displaced the
Dorset culture (in
Inuktitut, the Tuniit). By 1300 the
Inuit had trade routes
with more southern cultures.
About 1910 Europeans markets increased their interest in white fox
pelts. The distribution and mobility of
Inuit changed as the expanded
their traditional hunting and fishing routes to participate in the
white fox fur trade. Traditional food staples—such as seal and
caribou—were not always found in the same regions as white fox.
The Hudson's Bay Company—which was chartered in 1670—had been
opening fur trading posts throughout
Inuit and First Nations
territory. By 1910, the HBC was restructured into a lands sales
department, retail and fur trade. The HBC dominated the fur trade
under minimal supervision from the Canadian government, and some
Anglican and Catholic missionaries who lived near remote northern
hamlets. By 1922 most of imported goods acquired by
Inuit were from
Between 1950 and 1975 thirteen northern communities were relocated.
Killing of the sled dogs
In the 1950s and 1960s the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and
others in authority undertook "the widespread killing of sled
Reconciliation and truth commissions
The Qikigtani Truth Commission—which was commissioned, conducted,
and paid for by an Aboriginal organization, the Qikiqtani Inuit
Association and took place from 2007 to 2010—brought together
Inuit to revisit the history of the Qikigtaaluk
Sirmilik National Park
Auyuittuq National Park
Bowman Bay Wildlife Sanctuary
Katannilik Territorial Park Reserve
Kekerten Territorial Park
Mallikjuak Territorial Park
Pisuktinu-Tunngavik Territorial Park
Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area
Quammaarviit Territorial Park
Quttinirpaaq National Park
Sirmilik National Park
Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park
Canada 2016 Census
Population change (2011–2016): +12.1%
Private dwellings: 6,556
Area: 989,879.35 km2 (382,194.55 sq mi)
Density: 0.02/km2 (0.05/sq mi)
National rank in terms of population (2011): 245th out of 293
Territorial rank in terms of population: 1st out of 3
Surrounding census divisions
Division No. 11, Newfoundland and Labrador
Division No. 11, Newfoundland and Labrador (Nunatsiavut)
Division No. 23, Manitoba
Ellesmere Island Volcanics
^ a b c d e f g Philip Goldring (Winter 2015). "Historians and Inuit:
learning from the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, 2007-2010". Canadian
Journal of History. University of Toronto via GALE. 50 (3): 492.
doi:10.3138/CJH.ACH.50.3.005. Retrieved 19 April 2016.
^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census Baffin, Region [Census
division]". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2017-03-02.
^ a b "Census Profile, 2016 Census Iqaluit". Statistics Canada.
^ Statistics Canada. "Census Profile, 2016 Census Arctic Bay".
Retrieved 18 February 2016.
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Cape Dorset". Statistics Canada.
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Clyde River". Statistics Canada.
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Grrise Fiord". Statistics Canada.
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Hall Beach". Statistics Canada.
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Igloolik". Statistics Canada. Retrieved
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Kimmirut". Statistics Canada. Retrieved
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Pangnirtung". Statistics Canada.
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Pond Inlet". Statistics Canada.
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Qikiqtarjuaq". Statistics Canada.
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Resolute". Statistics Canada. Retrieved
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Sanikiluaq". Statistics Canada.
^ "Census Profile, 2016 Census Baffin, Unorganized". Statistics
Canada. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
^ Rigby, Bruce. "101. Qaummaarviit Historic Park,
(PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 29, 2006. Retrieved
October 2, 2009.
^ "The Dorsets: Depicting Culture Through Soapstone Carving" (PDF).
Archived from the original (PDF) on October 30, 2007. Retrieved
October 5, 2009.
^ "Innu Culture 3. Innu-
Inuit 'Warfare'". 1999, Adrian Tanner
Department of Anthropology-Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Retrieved October 5, 2009.
Kavik, Lisi, and Miriam Fleming. Qikiqtamiut Cookbook. [Sanikiluaq,
Nunavut]: Municipality of Sanikiluaq, 2002. ISBN 1-896445-22-5
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Qikiqtaaluk Region.
Qikiqtaaluk Region information at Explore Nunavut
Subdivisions of Nunavut
Nunavut (electoral district)
Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Armed Forces bases
Nanisivik Naval Facility
Baffinland Iron Mine
Meadowbank Gold Mine
Bent Horn Mine
Cullaton Lake/Shear Lake Mine
Jericho Diamond Mine
Rankin Inlet Mine
DEW line and NWS sites
Cape Peel West
Jenny Lind Island
Lady Franklin Point
Brooman Point Village
Hudson's Bay Company
Charlton Island Depot
King William Island
Pangnirtung Fox Farm
Coordinates: 70°N 080°W / 70°N 80°W / 70; -80