Igloolik, located on a small island just off the Nunavut mainland in Foxe Basin, is known for the cultural continuity that has been preserved in the traditions and language of the area. Although Igloolik is part of the Qikiqtani or Baffin region, its central location has resulted in a culture that is a mix of Inuit traditions from each of the three regions. Inuit culture is being preserved and promoted by the people of Igloolik and through the exceptional work of the Elders Society and Isuma Productions, an Inuit-owned film production company. In contrast to much of the Qikiqtani region, the terrain near Igloolik is flat and accessible, and local outfitters are well equipped to offer a variety of outings.
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 Igloolik 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 7- 9, 2013, for community engagement meetings on the Draft Plan. Information was presented and received from participants in Igloolik 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 7-9, 2013 in Igloolik 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”.