Iqaluit, on the shore of Frobisher Bay, overlooks Koojesse Inlet.
Formerly known as Frobisher Bay, Iqaluit means “place of many fish.” Iqaluit is the business and government centre for the Baffin region, and as of April 1, 1999, became the capital of the new territory of Nunavut, making it the northern most capital city in Canada. Located on the southern portion of Baffin Island, Iqaluit is the largest community in Nunavut and the gateway to the Arctic from Southern Canada.
Baffinland Northern Affairs Manager: Joe Tigullaraq
Joe manages communications between the North Baffin communities and Baffinland Iron Mines. By participating in regular community consultations, engaging in daily contact with Baffinland personnel, and confirming quality translations are provided by the interpreters and translators, Joe ensures both the communities and the company are up to date and informed about progress and activities in the region.
One of Joe’s favourite things about Iqaluit:
Every April, we celebrate Toonik tyme, a cultural event that is enjoyed by all. It is part of the Inuit tradition to celebrate the return of spring, where harvesting of food becomes easier for the Arctic inhabitants. As the culture is forever evolving, many modern day events such as ice hockey and snowmobile races are included in the cultural celebration.
To learn more about Iqaluit:
Qikiqtani Truth Commission Iqaluit Community Profile
City of Iqaluit Main Site