List of communities in Nunavut

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This is a list of communities in Nunavut , Canada. Note that many of these communities have alternate names or spellings in Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun, while others are primarily known by their Inuktitut or Inuinnaqtun names. As of the 2016 census the population of Nunavut was 35,944, an increase of 12.66% from the 2011 census. [1]



The following are communities recognised by the Government of Nunavut.

Community [2] Inuktitut/Inuinnaqtun [3] Inuktitut syllabics Translation [2] RegionPopulationLocation
2016 [4] 2011% change
Arctic Bay Ikpiarjuk [5] ᐃᒃᐱᐊᕐᔪᒃthe pocket [5] Qikiqtaaluk Region 868823+5.5 73°02′11″N085°09′09″W / 73.03639°N 85.15250°W / 73.03639; -85.15250 (Arctic Bay)
Arviat  ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ bowhead whale [6] Kivalliq Region 2,6572,318+14.6 61°06′29″N094°03′25″W / 61.10806°N 94.05694°W / 61.10806; -94.05694 (Arviat)
Baker Lake Qamani’tuaq [7] ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᖅbig lake joined by a river at both ends Kivalliq Region 2,0691,872+10.5 64°19′05″N096°01′03″W / 64.31806°N 96.01750°W / 64.31806; -96.01750 (Baker Lake)
Bathurst Inlet Qingautᕿᙵᐅᓐthe nose Kitikmeot Region 00n/a 66°50′00″N108°02′00″W / 66.83333°N 108.03333°W / 66.83333; -108.03333 (Bathurst Inlet)
Cambridge Bay Iqaluktuuttiaq [8] ᐃᖃᓗᒃᑑᑦᑎᐊᖅa good place with many fish [8] Kitikmeot Region 1,7661,608+9.8 69°07′02″N105°03′11″W / 69.11722°N 105.05306°W / 69.11722; -105.05306 (Cambridge Bay)
Chesterfield Inlet Igluligaarjuk [9] ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒑᕐᔪᒃplace with a few igloos (houses) [9] Kivalliq Region 437313+39.6 63°20′27″N090°42′22″W / 63.34083°N 90.70611°W / 63.34083; -90.70611 (Chesterfield Inlet)
Clyde River Kangiqtugaapik [10] ᑲᖏᖅᑐᒑᐱᒃnice little inlet [10] Qikiqtaaluk Region 1,053934+12.7 70°28′26″N068°35′10″W / 70.47389°N 68.58611°W / 70.47389; -68.58611 (Clyde River)
Coral Harbour Salliq [11] ᓴᓪᓖᑦa large, flat island in front of the mainland [11] Kivalliq Region 891834+6.8 64°08′13″N083°09′51″W / 64.13694°N 83.16417°W / 64.13694; -83.16417 (Coral Harbour)
Gjoa Haven Uqsuqtuuq [12] ᐅᖅᓱᖅᑑᖅplace of plenty of fat (blubber) [12] Kitikmeot Region 1,3241,279+3.5 68°37′33″N095°52′30″W / 68.62583°N 95.87500°W / 68.62583; -95.87500 (Gjoa Haven)
Grise Fiord Aujuittuq [13] ᐊᐅᔪᐃᑦᑐᖅplace that never thaws [13] Qikiqtaaluk Region 129130−0.8 76°25′03″N082°53′38″W / 76.41750°N 82.89389°W / 76.41750; -82.89389 (Grise Fiord)
Igloolik Iglulikᐃᒡᓗᓕᒃplace of iglus [14] a Qikiqtaaluk Region 1,6821,454+15.7 69°22′34″N081°47′58″W / 69.37611°N 81.79944°W / 69.37611; -81.79944 (Igloolik)
 ᐃᖃᓗᐃᑦplace of many fish [15] Qikiqtaaluk Region 7,7406,699+15.5 63°44′55″N068°31′11″W / 63.74861°N 68.51972°W / 63.74861; -68.51972 (Iqaluit)
Kimmirut  ᑭᒻᒥᕈᑦlooks like a heel [16] Qikiqtaaluk Region 389455−14.5 62°50′48″N069°52′07″W / 62.84667°N 69.86861°W / 62.84667; -69.86861 (Kimmirut)
Kinngait ᑭᙵᐃᑦhigh mountain [17] Qikiqtaaluk Region 1,4411,363+5.7 64°13′54″N076°32′25″W / 64.23167°N 76.54028°W / 64.23167; -76.54028 (Cape Dorset)
Kugaaruk Arviligjuaq [18] ᑰᒑᕐᔪᒃ or ᐊᕐᕕᓕᒡᔪᐊᖅplace of many bowhead whales (Arviligjuaq),
little stream (Kugaaruk) [18]
Kitikmeot Region 933771+21.0 68°31′59″N089°49′36″W / 68.53306°N 89.82667°W / 68.53306; -89.82667 (Kugaaruk)
Kugluktuk QurluqtuqᖁᕐᓗᖅᑐᖅPlace of moving water [19] Kitikmeot Region 1,4911,450+2.8 67°49′32″N115°05′42″W / 67.82556°N 115.09500°W / 67.82556; -115.09500 (Kugluktuk)
Nanisivik c  ᓇᓂᓯᕕᒃthe place where people find things Qikiqtaaluk Region 00n/a 73°02′05″N084°32′13″W / 73.03472°N 84.53694°W / 73.03472; -84.53694 (Nanisivik)
Naujaat ᓇᐅᔮᑦnesting place for seagulls [20] Kivalliq Region 1,082945+14.5 66°31′19″N086°14′06″W / 66.52194°N 86.23500°W / 66.52194; -86.23500 (Naujaat (Repulse Bay))
Pangnirtung Pangniqtuuqᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅplace of the bull caribou [21] Qikiqtaaluk Region 1,4811,425+3.9 66°08′52″N065°41′58″W / 66.14778°N 65.69944°W / 66.14778; -65.69944 (Pangnirtung)
Pond Inlet Mittimatalik [22] ᒥᑦᑎᒪᑕᓕᒃplace where Mittiima is buried [22] Qikiqtaaluk Region 1,6171,549+4.4 72°41′57″N077°57′33″W / 72.69917°N 77.95917°W / 72.69917; -77.95917 (Pond Inlet)
Qikiqtarjuaq  ᕿᑭᖅᑕᕐᔪᐊᖅbig island [23] Qikiqtaaluk Region 598520+15.0 67°33′29″N064°01′29″W / 67.55806°N 64.02472°W / 67.55806; -64.02472 (Qikiqtarjuaq)
Rankin Inlet Kangiqtiniq [24] ᑲᖏᕿᓂᖅ or ᑲᖏᖅᖠᓂᖅdeep bay/inlet [24] Kivalliq Region 2,8422,577+10.3 62°48′35″N092°05′58″W / 62.80972°N 92.09944°W / 62.80972; -92.09944 (Rankin Inlet)
Resolute Qausuittuq [25] ᖃᐅᓱᐃᑦᑐᖅplace with no dawn [25] Qikiqtaaluk Region 198214−7.5 74°41′51″N094°49′56″W / 74.69750°N 94.83222°W / 74.69750; -94.83222 (Resolute)
Sanikiluaq  ᓴᓂᑭᓗᐊᖅnamed for a man known as a fast runner [26] Qikiqtaaluk Region 882812+8.6 56°32′34″N079°13′30″W / 56.54278°N 79.22500°W / 56.54278; -79.22500 (Sanikiluaq)
Sanirajak ᓴᓂᕋᔭᒃone that is along the coast [27] Qikiqtaaluk Region 848736+15.2 68°46′38″N081°13′27″W / 68.77722°N 81.22417°W / 68.77722; -81.22417 (Hall Beach)
Taloyoak Talurjuaqᑕᓗᕐᔪᐊᕐᒃlarge stone caribou blind [28] Kitikmeot Region 1,029899+14.5 69°32′13″N093°31′36″W / 69.53694°N 93.52667°W / 69.53694; -93.52667 (Taloyoak)
Umingmaktok c Umingmaktuuqᐅᒥᖕᒪᒃᑑᖅhe or she caught a muskox Kitikmeot Region 05-100.0 67°41′56″N107°55′27″W / 67.69889°N 107.92417°W / 67.69889; -107.92417 (Umingmaktok)
Whale Cove Tikirarjuaq [29] ᑎᑭᕋᕐᔪᐊᖅlong point [29] Kivalliq Region 435407+6.9 62°10′22″N092°34′46″W / 62.17278°N 92.57944°W / 62.17278; -92.57944 (Whale Cove)
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  1. 2011 census
  2. 1 2 "Community Information - Government of Nunavut". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  3. Bathurst Inlet, Cambridge Bay and Kugluktuk are Inuinnaqtun speaking communities
  4. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Nunavut)". Statistics Canada. 20 February 2019. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  5. 1 2 Arctic Bay at the Government of Nunavut
  6. Arviat at the Government of Nunavut
  7. "Baker Lake". Baker Lake. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  8. 1 2 Cambridge Bay at the Government of Nunavut
  9. 1 2 Chesterfield Inlet at the Government of Nunavut
  10. 1 2 Clyde River at the Government of Nunavut
  11. 1 2 Coral Harbour at the Government of Nunavut
  12. 1 2 Gjoa Have at the Government of Nunavut
  13. 1 2 Grise Fiord at the Government of Nunavut
  14. Igloolik Archived 2015-04-15 at the Wayback Machine at the Qikiqtani Inuit Association
  15. "About Iqaluit: History & Milestones - City of Iqaluit". Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  16. Kimmirut at Inns North
  17. "History of Cape Dorset". Archived from the original on 14 June 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  18. 1 2 Kugaaruk at Nunavut Tourism
  19. Kugluktuk at Nunavut Tourism
  20. Naujaat at the Government of Nunavut
  21. Pangnirtung at Inns North
  22. 1 2 Pond Inlet at the Government of Nunavut
  23. Qikiqtarjuaq at the Government of Nunavut
  24. 1 2 Rankin Inlet at the Government of Nunavut
  25. 1 2 Resolute at Nunavut Tourism
  26. Sanikiluaq at the Qikiqtani Inuit Association
  27. "Hall Beach" (PDF). Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  28. Taloyoak at the Government of Nunavut
  29. 1 2 Whale Cove at the Government of Nunavut
  30. Igloolik at CBC News