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Rankin Inlet

Rankin Inlet, located on the northwestern shore of Hudson Bay, is the second largest community in Nunavut and is the administration and transportation hub of the Kivalliq region. The community is also known as Kangiqtiniq, or “deep bay/inlet” in Inuktitut.

The people of Rankin Inlet produce a variety of art, including carvings, bronze castings, and prints, and are well-known as the only producers of Inuit ceramics. Several outfitters and equipment suppliers provide tourists and companies with a variety of services. Excellent hiking, fishing, bird watching and some Thule archaeological sites can be found in Iqalugaarjuup Nunanga Territorial Park, located just 10 km northwest of the community.

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 Rankin Inlet is located within the planning region of the Keewatin Regional Land Use Plan (KRLUP). The NPC reviews all project proposals in and around Rankin Inlet 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 October 31 - November 1, 2013 for community engagement meetings on the Draft Plan.

Information was presented and received from participants in Rankin 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 October 31 - November 1, 2013 in Rankin 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”.

Fact Sheet
82% Inuit
92° 7.2' W
62° 49.2' N
1470 km north of Winnipeg