Hall Beach, located on the shore of Foxe Basin on the Melville Peninsula, was created when a Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line site was built in the area in 1957 to help monitor Canadian air space in the north. The DEW line site has since been replaced by a modern North Warning System radar facility in the community.
Hall Beach is traditionally referred to as Sanirayak, or “one that is along the coast”, and is known for spectacular Arctic char fishing and an abundance of marine mammals, including one of the largest walrus populations in the Arctic.
Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: iron, coal, gold, diamonds, uranium, and base metals.
Land Use Planning
Approved Land Use Plan
The community of Hall Beach is not yet covered by an approved land use plan.
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 March 5 & 6, 2013, for community engagement meetings on the Draft Plan.
Information was presented and received from participants in Hall Beach 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 March 5 &6, 2013 in Hall Beach 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”.