Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut

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Chesterfield Inlet
ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒑᕐᔪᒃ
Igluligaarjuk
Hamlet
Chesterfield Inlet Mission Hospital
Chesterfield Inlet Mission Hospital
Chesterfield Inlet is located in Nunavut
Chesterfield Inlet
Chesterfield Inlet
Chesterfield Inlet is located in Canada
Chesterfield Inlet
Chesterfield Inlet
Coordinates: 63°20′27″N 090°42′22″W / 63.34083°N 90.70611°W / 63.34083; -90.70611Coordinates: 63°20′27″N 090°42′22″W / 63.34083°N 90.70611°W / 63.34083; -90.70611
Country Canada
Territory Nunavut
Region Kivalliq Region
Electoral district Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet
Settled 1911, Hudson's Bay Company post
Incorporated (hamlet) 1 April 1980
Government[1][2]
 • Mayor Harry Aggark
 • Senior Administrative Officer Richard Van Horne
 • MLA Cathy Towtongie
Area[3]
 • Total 141.10 km2 (54.48 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 11 m (36 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total 437
 • Density 3.1/km2 (8.0/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Canadian Postal code XOC OBO
Area code(s) 867
Website chesterfield-inlet.ca/

Chesterfield Inlet (Inuktitut: Igluligaarjuk, syllabics: ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒑᕐᔪᒃ) is a hamlet located on the western shore of Hudson Bay, Kivalliq Region, in Nunavut Canada at the mouth of Chesterfield Inlet. Igluligaarjuk is the Inuktitut word for "place with few houses", it is the oldest community in Nunavut. The community is served by air, Chesterfield Inlet Airport, and by annual supply sealift.

The Inuit people from the Chesterfield Inlet region are called Qaernermiut, though previously, they were referred to as Kenepitic, Kenepetu or Kenepitu.[5]

Demographics[edit]

As of the 2016 census the population was 437, a increase of 39.6% from the 2011 census.[3]

Broadband communications[edit]

The community has been served by the Qiniq network since 2005. Qiniq is a fixed wireless service to homes and businesses, connecting to the outside world via a satellite backbone. The Qiniq network is designed and operated by SSI Micro. In 2017, the network was upgraded to 4G LTE technology, and 2G-GSM for mobile voice.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Chesterfield Inlet
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high humidex −7.4 −8.0 1.6 1.5 12.6 23.8 35.4 37.0 20.8 12.1 1.4 0.2 37.0
Record high °C (°F) −3.0
(26.6)
−5.5
(22.1)
2.0
(35.6)
3.5
(38.3)
14.0
(57.2)
26.0
(78.8)
30.5
(86.9)
27.0
(80.6)
22.0
(71.6)
10.0
(50)
2.0
(35.6)
−2.0
(28.4)
30.5
(86.9)
Average high °C (°F) −27.3
(−17.1)
−26.9
(−16.4)
−20.6
(−5.1)
−11.1
(12)
−2.3
(27.9)
7.9
(46.2)
15.2
(59.4)
12.7
(54.9)
5.7
(42.3)
−1.8
(28.8)
−12.7
(9.1)
−21.1
(−6)
−6.9
(19.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −30.9
(−23.6)
−30.8
(−23.4)
−25.1
(−13.2)
−15.8
(3.6)
−5.7
(21.7)
4.3
(39.7)
10.6
(51.1)
9.2
(48.6)
3.3
(37.9)
−4.5
(23.9)
−16.7
(1.9)
−25.2
(−13.4)
−10.6
(12.9)
Average low °C (°F) −34.3
(−29.7)
−34.2
(−29.6)
−29.4
(−20.9)
−20.1
(−4.2)
−9.0
(15.8)
0.5
(32.9)
5.9
(42.6)
5.7
(42.3)
0.9
(33.6)
−7.0
(19.4)
−20.7
(−5.3)
−29.1
(−20.4)
−14.2
(6.4)
Record low °C (°F) −46.0
(−50.8)
−49.0
(−56.2)
−45.0
(−49)
−35.5
(−31.9)
−29.0
(−20.2)
−11.5
(11.3)
−1.5
(29.3)
−2.0
(28.4)
−9.0
(15.8)
−26.0
(−14.8)
−37.5
(−35.5)
−44.0
(−47.2)
−49.0
(−56.2)
Record low wind chill −66.3 −70.7 −64.7 −50.5 −33.6 −18.3 0.0 −9.5 −17.9 −40.1 −54.6 −60.9 −70.7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 10.4
(0.409)
9.6
(0.378)
14.9
(0.587)
15.5
(0.61)
15.1
(0.594)
23.3
(0.917)
41.2
(1.622)
51.2
(2.016)
37.4
(1.472)
26.6
(1.047)
22.0
(0.866)
14.0
(0.551)
281.2
(11.071)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.1
(0.004)
6.1
(0.24)
19.7
(0.776)
41.2
(1.622)
51.2
(2.016)
33.9
(1.335)
11.7
(0.461)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
163.9
(6.453)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 11.2
(4.41)
10.2
(4.02)
15.0
(5.91)
17.0
(6.69)
9.4
(3.7)
3.7
(1.46)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
3.5
(1.38)
15.0
(5.91)
23.1
(9.09)
15.4
(6.06)
123.6
(48.66)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 4.2 3.7 4.3 5.0 4.9 6.0 7.9 9.9 9.7 8.8 7.6 5.4 77.3
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.6 5.4 7.9 9.9 8.4 3.4 0.0 0.0 36.6
Average snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 4.2 3.7 4.4 4.9 3.3 0.7 0.0 0.0 1.5 5.7 7.7 5.4 41.4
Average relative humidity (%) 79.0 67.6 74.9 82.0 84.4 70.9 68.0 72.5 77.4 87.3 83.0 75.3 76.9
Source: Environment Canada Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nunavummiut vie for council positions in upcoming hamlet elections
  2. ^ Results for the constituency of Rankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet at Elections Nunavut
  3. ^ a b c "Statistics Canada: 2016 Census Profile". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  4. ^ Elevation at airport. Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 19 July 2018 to 0901Z 13 September 2018.
  5. ^ "Image is described as "this shows the tattooing of the Kenepitic [Qaernermiut] tribe"". cthistoryonline.org. 1904-02-16. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
  6. ^ "Chesterfield Inlet A" (CSV (4222 KB)). Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Climate ID: 2300707. Retrieved September 30, 2013.

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