Bloody Falls

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Middle of rapids

Bloody Falls (or Bloody Fall, or Kogluktok, meaning "it flows rapidly" or "spurts like a cut artery" in Inuktitut)[1] is a waterfall in the Kugluk/Bloody Falls Territorial Park and is the site of the Bloody Falls Massacre and the murder of two priests by Copper Inuit Uloqsaq and Sinnisiak in 1913.[2]

The nearest hamlet, Kugluktuk, Nunavut, is 15.8 kilometres (9.8 mi) away.

Canoers' campsite during portage around rapids

Historically, this area was occupied by the Kogluktogmiut subgroup of Copper Inuit.[3]

In 1978, the portion of the Territorial Park northwest of the Coppermine River was designated the Bloody Falls National Historic Site of Canada, as the archaeological remains of pre-contact hunting and fishing sites in the area form a record of the presence of Pre-Dorset, Thule, First Nation and Inuit peoples over the last 3000 years.[4]


  1. ^ "Bloody Fall, Nunavut, Canada". Retrieved 2008-08-25. 
  2. ^ Stern, Pamela (2004). Historical dictionary of the Inuit. Lanham: Scarecrow Press. p. 149. ISBN 0-8108-5058-3. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  3. ^ Stefansson, Vilhjalmur (1914). The Stefánsson-Anderson Arctic Expedition of the American Museum: Preliminary Ethnological Report. New York: The Trustees of the American Museum. p. 27. OCLC 13626409. 
  4. ^ Bloody Falls National Historic Site of Canada. Directory of Federal Heritage Designations. Parks Canada. Retrieved 29 October 2013.

Coordinates: 67°44′36.06″N 115°22′02.69″W / 67.7433500°N 115.3674139°W / 67.7433500; -115.3674139 (Bloody Falls)