The Nunavut Climate Change Centre is devoted to including Nunavut communities in their projects and outreach. Over the last few years, we have had the opportunity to visit multiple communities including Rankin Inlet, Arviat and Cape Dorset.
The Inuktitut name for Cape Dorset, Kingait, refers to the picturesque hills that surround the community. Located on southwestern Baffin Island, Cape Dorset has been inhabited for over 1000 years. Thule and Inuit archeological sites are located in the Mallikjuaq Historic Park, adjacent to the community.
Cape Dorset (pop. 1411) has an international reputation for Inuit art, specifically print making and stone carvings. Inuit art enthusiasts from around the world travel to Cape Dorset to meet with local acclaimed artists and visit the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative, where prints and carvings are displayed and sold. Many Cape Dorset artists have also shown their work at international art shows and galleries.