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Umingmaktuuq - looking towards the Co-op store, Umingmaktuuq - the other half of the community.
Umingmaktok is located in Nunavut
Umingmaktok is located in Canada
Coordinates: 67°41′56″N 107°55′27″W / 67.69889°N 107.92417°W / 67.69889; -107.92417Coordinates: 67°41′56″N 107°55′27″W / 67.69889°N 107.92417°W / 67.69889; -107.92417
Country Canada
Territory Nunavut
Region Kitikmeot Region
Electoral district Cambridge Bay
 • MLA Keith Peterson
 • Total 100.29 km2 (38.72 sq mi)
Elevation[4] 0 m (0 ft)
Population (2016)[3]
 • Total 0
 • Density 0.0/km2 (0.0/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Canadian Postal code X0B 2A0

Umingmaktok (Innuinaqtun: Umingmaktuuq, "he or she caught a muskox") is a settlement located in Bathurst Inlet in the Kitikmeot Region of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The community was previously known as Bay Chimo and the Inuit refer to the community as Umingmaktuuq ("like a musk ox").

The traditional language of the area was Inuinnaqtun and is written using the Latin alphabet rather than the syllabics of the Inuktitut writing system. Like Cambridge Bay, Bathurst Inlet and Kugluktuk syllabics are rarely seen and used mainly by the Government of Nunavut.

Situated at the site of a deserted Hudson's Bay Company post, the community was formed as an outpost camp by Inuit families that wanted to live a more traditional lifestyle. The area around Umingmaktuuq is said to be rich in wildlife such as the Arctic fox, fur seals, barren-ground caribou, Arctic char and musk ox.

As of the 1996 Census, there were 51 people living in Umingmaktuuq, all but one of whom were Inuit. As of the 2006 census the population was 0 as opposed to 5 people in the 2011 census.[3]

With less than two dozen residents, Umingmaktuuq is one of the smallest permanent non-military communities in Nunavut. At one time the community had a school that provided education up to Grade 6. Today, any students are flown to Cambridge Bay and return to the community only for the summer and Christmas.

The community has no electricity other than that provided by portable generators, and communication with the outside world is by satellite phone. The only access to the community is by chartered aircraft, and the landing strip divides Umingmaktuuq in half. On one side is the old Hudson's Bay Company buildings and the Co-op store. On the other side is the main residential area.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hamlets elect new councils
  2. ^ Election Results - 2008 General Election
  3. ^ a b c "Census Profile, 2016 Census Umingmaktok". Statistics Canada. Retrieved 2017-03-04. 
  4. ^ Elevation at airport. Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 27 April 2017 to 0901Z 22 June 2017

Further reading[edit]

  • Lee, John. Wolverine Harvest and Carcass Collection Coppermine, Bay Chimo and Bathurst Inlet, 1992/93. Yellowknife, NWT: Dept. of Renewable Resources, Govt. of Northwest Territories, 1994.

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