Resolute Bay, Nunavut

by Stuartbarbara May. 09, 2019 135 views
Working in Resolute Bay for a week. After work last evening, we climbed a hill behind the hamlet. Nice view down over the town. Climbing was not easy as the snow was icy, and the hill was covered in slippery shale. The nursing station, where I work, is the long building with a green roof.

Working in Resolute Bay for a week. After work last evening, we climbed a hill behind the hamlet. Nice view down over the town. Climbing was not easy as the snow was icy, and the hill was covered in slippery shale. The nursing station, where I work, is the long building with a green roof.

The hotel is the yellow building on the left. About a five minute walk. Not dangerous now but in the winter there are often polar bears around the hotel building. This community has about 250 Inuit residents and is a transportation hub for the High Arctic. There is evidence of Dorset and Thule Inuit here from 1500 BC until about 1000 AD. But it had been abandoned until the forced relocation in 1953. Families were moved here and to Grise Fiord from Inukjuak in Quebec. Totally different terrain, hunting patterns and well above the Arctic Circle. The Inuit who came were told they could return south after a year, but that offer was withdrawn, and they were forced to stay for over twenty years. Not a proud part of our history.

Some Arctic plants are now exposed from the snow and waiting for spring to explode with colour

Some Arctic plants are now exposed from the snow and waiting for spring to explode with colour

No trees here but this willow grows close to the rocky ground. No top soil has developed over the permafrost here

No trees here but this willow grows close to the rocky ground. No top soil has developed over the permafrost here

Lichens are the main food source for caribou and musk ox. Sadly, even up here there is plastic litter, the blue piece on the right

Lichens are the main food source for caribou and musk ox. Sadly, even up here there is plastic litter, the blue piece on the right

Love the colour of this berry plant. Some small birds are back, such as snow buntings. They can survive off this vegetation

Love the colour of this berry plant. Some small birds are back, such as snow buntings. They can survive off this vegetation

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