Clyde River

Clyde River, or Kanngiqtugaapik (meaning “nice little inlet”), is a community of roughly 1,000 residents located four degrees north of the arctic circle on the east coast of Baffin Island in Nunavut’s Qikiqtaaluk region. Surrounded by mountains, icebergs, and glaciers Clyde River is often referred to as the "Gateway to the Great Fiords."

According to the Nunavut Wildlife Harvest Study, Clyde River’s most commonly harvested marine species are ringed seal and arctic char.  The community also depends heavily on narwhal, cod, clams, and sculpins.  Caribou, were the most commonly harvested land mammals at the time of the study (1996-2001), with other species such as arctic hares, foxes, and waterfowl also frequently providing residents with food, and furs.  Currently, 14 harvesters from Clyde River are collecting data for the Community-based Monitoring Network.

For more information on Clyde River, please visit http://clyderiver.ca/

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 Kugaaruk

Kugaaruk means “little stream” in Inuktitut, and it is also known as Arviligjuaq, meaning “the place of many whales”.   The community of 770 inhabitants is located on the southeastern shore of Pelly Bay off the Gulf of Boothia, about a 2-hour flight from Yellowknife. Residents are the descendants of the ancient Thule people and they have lived in the area around Kugaaruk for over a thousand years. Kugaaruk is home to some world-renowned Inuit artists.

Information collected during the Nunavut Wildlife Harvest Study shows that caribou, arctic char, lake trout, and ringed seals are the most frequently harvested species. Furbearers, such as the arctic fox and the arctic wolf, are also commonly harvested. Waterfowl harvests reported by Kugaaruk residents were minimal. Twenty harvesters from Kugaaruk are currently registered in the Community-based Monitoring Network pilot study.

For more information on the community of Kugaaruk, please visit http://nunavuttourism.com/regions-communities/kugaaruk