Inuit community in Nunavut, Canada

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Umingmaktuuq - looking towards the Co-op store, Umingmaktuuq - the other half of the community.
Umingmaktok is located in Nunavut
Umingmaktok is located in Canada
Coordinates: 67°41′56″N 107°55′27″W / 67.69889°N 107.92417°W / 67.69889; -107.92417Coordinates: 67°41′56″N 107°55′27″W / 67.69889°N 107.92417°W / 67.69889; -107.92417
Electoral districtCambridge Bay
 • MLAJeannie Ehaloak
 • Total100.29 km2 (38.72 sq mi)
Elevation0 m (0 ft)
 • Total0
 • Density0.0/km2 (0.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−07:00 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−06:00 (MDT)
Canadian Postal code

Umingmaktok (Innuinaqtun: Umingmaktuuq, "he or she caught a muskox") is a now abandoned settlement located in Bathurst Inlet in the Kitikmeot Region of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The community was previously known as Bay Chimo and the Inuit refer to the community as Umingmaktuuq ("like a musk ox").

The traditional language of the area was Inuinnaqtun and is written using the Latin alphabet rather than the syllabics of the Inuktitut writing system. Like Cambridge Bay, Bathurst Inlet and Kugluktuk syllabics are rarely seen and used mainly by the Government of Nunavut.

Situated at the site of a deserted Hudson's Bay Company post, the community was formed as an outpost camp by Inuit families that wanted to live a more traditional lifestyle. The area around Umingmaktuuq is said to be rich in wildlife such as the Arctic fox, fur seals, barren-ground caribou, Arctic char and muskox.

As of the 1996 Census, there were 51 people living in Umingmaktuuq, all but one of whom were Inuit. As of the 2016 census the population was 0 as opposed to 5 people in the 2011 census.[3]

With less than two dozen residents, Umingmaktuuq was one of the smallest permanent non-military communities in Nunavut. At one time the community had a school that provided education up to Grade 6. Later, any students were flown to Cambridge Bay and returned to the community only for the summer and Christmas.

The community had no electricity other than that provided by portable generators, and communication with the outside world was by satellite phone. The only access to the community was by chartered aircraft, and the landing strip divided Umingmaktuuq in half. On one side was the old Hudson's Bay Company buildings and the Co-op store. On the other side was the main residential area.

See also


  1. ^ Hamlets elect new councils Archived 2009-02-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Election Results - 2008 General Election Archived 2008-12-27 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census Umingmaktok". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  4. ^ Elevation at airport. Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.

Further reading

  • Lee, John. Wolverine Harvest and Carcass Collection Coppermine, Bay Chimo and Bathurst Inlet, 1992/93. Yellowknife, NWT: Dept. of Renewable Resources, Govt. of Northwest Territories, 1994.

External links

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