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Qikiqtarjuaq is a very traditional community located just off the east coast of Baffin Island. It was formerly known as Broughton Island and although the Inuktitut name for the island is “the big island,” it is actually only 12 km wide by 16 km long.  An abundance of marine mammals can be found in the area, including polar bears, walrus, seals, and whales.  The community is located at the northern edge of the famous Auyuittuq National Park, which offers a range of activities, including hiking and backcountry camping, ski touring, visiting fiords, and climbing the park's challenging peaks.  A variety of tours and outfitters are available to assist visitors.

Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: iron, gold, and diamonds.

Land Use Planning

Approved Land Use Plan

The community of Qikiqtarjuaq 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 November 22-23, 2012 for community engagement meetings on the Draft Plan.

Information was presented and received from participants in Qikiqtarjuaq 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 22-23, 2012 in Qikiqtarjuaq can be found bellow.

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”.


Fact Sheet
94% Inuit
64° 1.8' W
67° 33.0' N
2,560 km north of Ottawa