Chesterfield Inlet, located on the western shore of Hudson Bay, is the oldest continuing community in Nunavut, dating back to 1910. However, the area was inhabited long before European contact, and ancient Thule tent rings are among the many archaeological sites nearby.
There are many tourist activities available including fishing, hiking, whale watching, bird watching, and caribou sport hunting.
Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: gold, diamonds, uranium, base metals, and nickel-copper platinum group elements (PGEs)
Land Use Planning
Approved Land Use Plan
The community of Chesterfield Inlet is located within the planning region of Keewatin Regional Land Use Plan (KRLUP). The NPC reviews all project proposals in and around Chesterfield Inlet to determine if the proposed activities conform to the requirements of the KRLUP.
Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan
Between 2004 and 2011, NPC staff visited every Nunavut community to conduct individual “Use and Occupancy Mapping” interviews to collect information on traditional land use activities “within living memory”. This community land use information is included in the Draft Plan and has been used to support decision-making.
The Commission also visited the Community on November 21-22, 2013 for community engagement meetings on the Draft Plan.
Information was presented and received from participants in Chesterfield Inlet in accordance with Nunavut Planning Commission’s Engagement Strategy. The summary report of the Community Meetings on the Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan held on November 21-22, 2013 in Chesterfield Inlet can be found below.
The community views and comments have been very informative in the ongoing process of development and revisions of the Draft Nunavut Land Use Plan. In particular, all areas of importance identified by the community are included in the Draft Plan as “Community Priorities and Values”.