Sanikiluaq in December
|Electoral district||Hudson Bay|
|• Type||Hamlet Council|
|• Mayor||Elijassie Kavik|
|• MLA||Allan Rumbolt|
|• Total||114.94 km2 (44.38 sq mi)|
|Elevation||32 m (105 ft)|
|• Density||7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (EST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|Canadian Postal code||X0A 0W0|
Sanikiluaq (ᓴᓂᑭᓗᐊᖅ[pronunciation?]) is a municipality and Inuit community located on the north coast of Flaherty Island in Hudson Bay, on the Belcher Islands, in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. As of the 2016 census the population was 882, an 8.6% increase over the 2011 census.
The community was developed in the early 1970s to replace "South Camp", located further south in the island group.
Sanikiluaq had an eider down factory for 20 years. It closed down in 2005 due to government funding running out and the population of eider ducks decreasing at a rapid rate. The factory reopened in June 2015.
There are two schools in the community, Nuiyak School, with 11 teaching staff, teaches grades K-6, with 125 students enrolled. Paatsaali School has 177 students and teaches grades 7-12. In 2007, former Principal Lisi Kavik was named one of Canada's Outstanding Principals.
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.
In the territorial election held October 27, 2008, the candidates were Rumbolt, Bill Fraser and Johnny Manning. Rumbolt won by 31 votes over Fraser, with 45 per cent of the vote. In the 2013 general election Allan Rumbolt was reelected.
The local municipality has a Hamlet Council of elected councillors. Former acting mayor Elijassie Sala became mayor after the December 12, 2011 election, earning 87 votes, five more than incumbent Joe Arragutainaq. In the December 9, 2013, hamlet elections, Joe Arragutainaq was once again elected mayor.
Written and directed by Joel Heath, with support from the community of Sanikiluaq, People of a Feather is a documentary film about the relationship between climate change, hydroelectric dams, eider ducks and the people of the Belcher Islands.
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