Ulukhaktok (Uluqsaqtuua – “where there is ulu material - copper”) is located on the western side of Victoria Island, north of the Northwest Passage. A youthful and growing population depends in part on harvesting food from the sea and the land. Residents are still fluent in Inuvialuit languages, and in demand as interpreters and documenters of traditional ways. The Holman print originated here in a world famous workshop, and arts and culture are still an important source of income together with community services. Ulukhaktok hosts a fun golf tournament on a tundra course that draws southern visitors to enjoy the midnight sun each summer.
Aklak Air and First Air provide scheduled services from Inuvik or Yellowknife via Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Bulk supplies and food are delivered by seagoing tug and barge in summer open water season. The Helen Kalvak Elihakvik School offers K-12 and there is an Aurora College Community Learning Centre. Accommodation and meals are available and there is a health centre and RCMP detachment.
For more information, visit the GNWT’s Bureau of Statistics page.
Additional community information can also be found on the LGANT site: http://ulukhaktok.lgant.ca.
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