Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut

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Chesterfield Inlet

ᐃᒡᓗᓕᒑᕐᔪᒃ
Igluligaarjuk
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
CountryCanada
TerritoryNunavut
RegionKivalliq Region
Electoral districtRankin Inlet North-Chesterfield Inlet
Settled1911, Hudson's Bay Company post
Incorporated (hamlet)1 April 1980
Government
 • MayorHarry Aggark
 • Senior Administrative OfficerRichard Van Horne
 • MLACathy Towtongie
Area
 • Total141.10 km2 (54.48 sq mi)
Elevation11 m (36 ft)
Population
 (2016)[3]
 • Total437
 • Density3.1/km2 (8.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−06:00 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
Canadian Postal code
Area code(s)867
Websitechesterfield-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 an annual supply known as 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
(50.0)
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
(12.0)
−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
(−6.0)
−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
(−49.0)
−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
(0.41)
9.6
(0.38)
14.9
(0.59)
15.5
(0.61)
15.1
(0.59)
23.3
(0.92)
41.2
(1.62)
51.2
(2.02)
37.4
(1.47)
26.6
(1.05)
22.0
(0.87)
14.0
(0.55)
281.2
(11.07)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.1
(0.00)
6.1
(0.24)
19.7
(0.78)
41.2
(1.62)
51.2
(2.02)
33.9
(1.33)
11.7
(0.46)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
163.9
(6.45)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 11.2
(4.4)
10.2
(4.0)
15.0
(5.9)
17.0
(6.7)
9.4
(3.7)
3.7
(1.5)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
3.5
(1.4)
15.0
(5.9)
23.1
(9.1)
15.4
(6.1)
123.6
(48.7)
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 Archived 14 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine 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 20 June 2019 to 0901Z 15 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Image is described as "this shows the tattooing of the Kenepitic [Qaernermiut] tribe"". cthistoryonline.org. 16 February 1904. Archived from the original on 23 December 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  6. ^ "Chesterfield Inlet A" (CSV (4222 KB)). Canadian Climate Normals 1981–2010. Environment Canada. Climate ID: 2300707. Retrieved 30 September 2013.[permanent dead link]

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