Place:Pangnirtung, Nunavut, Canada


Alt namesPangsource: Wikipedia
Pangniqtuuqsource: Wikipedia
Coordinates66.083°N 65.75°W
Located inNunavut, Canada
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Pangnirtung (or Pang, also Pangniqtuuq, in syllabics: ᐸᖕᓂᖅᑑᖅ) is an Inuit hamlet, Qikiqtaaluk Region, in the Canadian territory of Nunavut, located on Baffin Island. As of the 2006 census the population was 1,425, an increase of 7.5% from the 2006 census.[1] Pangnirtung is situated on a coastal plain at the coast of Pangnirtung Fjord, a fjord which eventually merges with Cumberland Sound. The area of the town is .[1] As of January 2014, the mayor is Mosesee Qappik.[2]

There is some confusion about the village name. Residents say the real name is Panniqtuuq, which means "the place of many bull caribou". Early in 2005 residents voted against officially changing the name of the village to the native one, as Pangnirtung has achieved an international reputation for producing high-quality traditional arts, as well as printmaking and weaving.

In 2009 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper proposed building a new modern harbour in Pangnirtung to support the region's turbot-fishing industry. Harper got a warm welcome with many residents gathered at the airport to greet him. The town's 1,500 residents listened as Harper announced that $17 million worth of harbour construction promised in the last two budgets would get under way in the fall of that year.

Harper said the greatest potential for the hamlet's future lies in the inshore turbot fishery. The shortfalls of the current harbour are a big problem for fishermen. When the tide recedes, the harbour turns to mud.

Pangnirtung is nicknamed the Switzerland of the Arctic, or simply Pang.

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