Naujaat also known as Repulse Bay, located on the Arctic Circle north of Hudson Bay, is renowned for its innovative Inuit carvers who work with bone, ivory, and stone.
Nearby cliffs provide nesting grounds for numerous species of birds, and the community is also known as Naujaat, or “nesting place for seagulls”. The community is an excellent gateway to Ukkusiksalik National Park around Wager Bay, where caribou, wolves, polar bears, whales, walrus and seals are abundant.
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 Naujaat is located within the planning region of the Keewatin Regional Land Use Plan (KRLUP). The NPC reviews all project proposals in and around Naujaat 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 February 4-5, 2014 for community engagement meetings on the Draft Plan.
Information was presented and received from participants in Naujaat 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 February 4-5, 2014 in Naujaat 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”.