Dundas Harbour

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Dundas Harbour (Inuktitut: Talluruti, "a woman's chin with tattoos on it"[1]) (74°31′N 82°23′W / 74.517°N 82.383°W / 74.517; -82.383 (Dundas Harbour)Coordinates: 74°31′N 82°23′W / 74.517°N 82.383°W / 74.517; -82.383 (Dundas Harbour)) is an abandoned settlement in Qikiqtaaluk, Nunavut, Canada. It is located on Devon Island at the eastern shore of the waterway also named Dundas Harbour. Baffin Bay's Croker Bay is immediately to the west.

An outpost was established at the harbour in August 1924 as part of a government presence intended to curb foreign whaling and other activity. Hudson's Bay Company leased the outpost in 1933. The following year, 52 Inuit were relocated from Cape Dorset to Dundas Harbour but they returned to the mainland 13 years later.[2]

Dundas Harbour is located in Nunavut
Dundas Harbour
The ghost-town's location in Nunavut.
The abandoned settlement in Johnson Bay, Dundas Harbour (from near the cemetery)
Johnson Bay Cemetery, Dundas Harbour sits above the abandoned settlement. It contains the graves of 2 RCMP members.

Dundas Harbour was populated again in the late 1940s to maintain a patrol presence, but it was closed again in 1951 due to ice difficulties. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment[3] was moved to Craig Harbour on southern Ellesmere Island.[4]

Only the ruins of a few buildings remain, along with one of the northernmost cemeteries in the world.[5]

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  1. ^ The Canadian Northwest Passage? Taissumani. Nunatsiaq News 2009-12-17 Kenn Harper
  2. ^ Alia, Valerie (2007). Names and Nunavut: culture and identity in Arctic Canada. Berghahn Series. Berghahn Books. p. 52. ISBN 1-84545-165-1. 
  3. ^ Grant, Shelagh (2005). Arctic Justice: On Trial for Murder, Pond Inlet, 1923. McGill-Queen's Native and Northern Series. McGill-Queen's Press. p. 340. ISBN 0-7735-2929-2. 
  4. ^ Tester, Frank J.; Peter Keith Kulchyski (1994). Tammarniit (mistakes): Inuit relocation in the Eastern Arctic, 1939-63. UBC Press. p. 122. ISBN 0-7748-0452-1. 
  5. ^ [1]. 'RCMP, military honour early northern officers'.