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Baker Lake, Nunavut

Qamani’tuaq ("where the river widens"), renamed Baker Lake in 1761, (Inuktitut syllabics:ᖃᒪᓂᑦᑐᐊᖅ), is a hamlet in the Kivalliq Region, in Nunavut on mainland Canada. Located inland from Hudson Bay, it is near the nation's geographical centre, and is notable for the being the Canadian Arctic's sole inland community. The hamlet is located at the mouth of the Thelon River on the shore of Baker Lake.

In 1946, the population was 32, of which 25 were Inuit. By the 2006 census, the population of 1,728 represented an increase of 14.7% from the 2001 census. The mayor is David Aksawnee.

The settlement is served by Baker Lake Airport, linking it to the nearby coastal town of Rankin Inlet.


In 1916, the Hudson's Bay Company established a trading post at Baker Lake, followed by Anglican missionaries in 1927. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police had been in the area for fifteen years before establishing a post at Baker Lake in 1930. A small hospital was built in 1957, followed by a regional school the next year.


Baker Lake is home to eleven Inuit groups:

The Baker Lake community is known for its printmaking and has been home to internationally exhibited artists such as Simon Tookoome, and the late Jessie Oonark and Luke Anguhadluq.

See also


Further reading

  • Baker Lake Residents' Association, and Mary McCulloch. Baker Lake, N.W.T., 1870-1970. Baker Lake, N.W.T.: Baker Lake Residents' Association, 1971.
  • Kardosh, Judy. Works on Cloth Imagery by Artists of Baker Lake, Nunavut Vancouver: Marion Scott Gallery, 2002. ISBN 0921634366
  • Klassen, R. A. Drift composition and glacial dispersal trains, Baker Lake area, District of Keewatin, northwest territories. Ottawa: Geological Survey of Canada, 1995. ISBN 0660160870
  • Krebs, Charles J. The Lemming Cycle at Baker Lake, Northwest Territories, During 1959-62. 1964.
  • Miller, A. R. Uranium Geology of the Eastern Baker Lake Basin, District of Keewatin, Northwest Territories. [Ottawa]: Energy, Mines, and Resources Canada, 1980. ISBN 0660107074
  • Renewable Resources Consulting Services. Study of the Effects of Resource Exploration and Development on Hunting and Trapping on the Traditional Economy of the Inuit in the Baker Lake Area. Edmonton: Renewable Resources Consulting Services, 1977.

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