Pond Inlet, also known as Mittimatalik, is located on northern Baffin Island and is surrounded by spectacular mountains and glaciers. The community attracts many visitors from around the world and is known as one of the most picturesque communities in the north. There are numerous activities available nearby including hiking, backcountry camping and ski-touring at Sirmilik National Park, bird watching at the migratory bird sanctuary at Bylot Island, and sea kayaking in Eclipse Sound. The nearby floe edge provides unique access to wildlife such as polar bears, narwhals, and seals.
Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: oil and gas, iron, coal, gold, diamonds, uranium, and base metals.
Land Use Planning
Approved Land Use Plan
The community of Pond Inlet is located within the planning region of the North Baffin Regional Land Use Plan (NBRLUP). The NPC reviews all project proposals in and around Pond Inlet to determine if the proposed activities conform to the requirements of the NBRLUP.
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 5-6, 2012 for community engagement meetings on the Draft Plan.
Information was presented and received from participants in Pond 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 5-6, 2012 in Pond 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”.