Where Locals Can Convene In An Igloo Church

In Nunavut’s capital, several notable buildings are designed with traditional Inuit culture and aesthetics in mind. These days, in Nunavut, there aren’t many snow and ice igloos, or iglus, that are considered permanent residences. But there is one church in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s capital, that was clearly constructed with the traditional ice-block dome abode in mind.…

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When The Weather’s A Beach

Last weekend’s blizzard in the Canadian Arctic inspired a group of friends to tropic like its hot in a short video. While most sensible Nunavummiut were huddled up inside blankets eating “blizzard chips” last weekend, or watching through frosty windows as the wind and snow ravaged the street signs outside, a group of five friends…

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The First Sunglasses Were Not Made For Beaches

Inuit, Yup’ik and other Arctic-living Indigenous peoples have been handcrafting sunglasses for at least 2,000 years. /// Cover art by: Megan Hunt, Nunavut artist currently based in Iqaluit. Follow her on Instagram: @mutecutes /// They go by many names. “Ilgaak” in the Nunavut Kivalliq dialect, “iggaak” in the North Baffin dialect, “nikaugek” to Central Yup’ik…

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10 Wild Snacks For Tundra Hikers In Nunavut

In Nunavut, the growing season for its native flora is so short that even the tallest plants will rarely have enough time and sun to get taller than a foot. For this reason, the leaves, flowers and berries of Nunavut stay quite miniature and lay low to the tundra ground. This is pretty fine though…

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The Little Saplings That Could

Far, far above the tree line, two black spruces peek out from beneath a pile of snow on the steep and narrow Iqaluit, Nunavut street aptly called “One Way Road.” One tree is a bit taller than the other, while the other is a bit wider. They are tucked side-by-side against the wall of an…

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Celestial Ghosts Live In Northern Lights Legends

To any observer, the Aurora Borealis or “the northern lights” is a marvel to behold. When the iridescent pinks and greens light up and flicker frenetic dance moves across an Arctic sky, it paints the landscape into a handful of rarely-seen colours out on the land. Here, in a Nunavut winter, everything is white but…

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