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  • A map rendering of the regions of the Canadian Arctic frequented by the Baffinland Inuit Community.
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Land use of the Baffinland Inuit

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  • Landscape photograph of the mountainous terrain of the Pangnirtung Fiord.
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Looking north up Pangnirtung Fiord, October 1986.
Photograph by Rick Riewe

Baffinland Inuit

Baffinland Inuit inhabit the southern two-thirds of Baffin Island, residing in a number of communities including Iqaluit, Pangnirtung, Qikiqtarjuaq (formerly Broughton Island), Clyde River, Lake Harbour and Cape Dorset, although some families have chosen to live in outpost camps established along the rugged coast.

Spectacular barren mountains, vertical sea cliffs, frigid ice caps, glaciers, moving pack ice, blowing snow and hurricane force winds are constant challenges to the Baffinland Inuit. Although the mountains are devoid of vegetation, the valleys and lowlands are carpeted with luxuriant growths of grasses and sedges that provide food for caribou, wolf, arctic fox and arctic hare and many birds. The fresh and salt waters that are accessible offer hunters a bounty of fish, seals, walruses, whales, and polar bear.