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Pond Inlet, Nunavut

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Located on northern Baffin Island, Canada, Pond Inlet is a community in Nunavut Territory. Its Inuktitut name is Mittimatalik, which means "there is a Mattima here", referring to a hunter named Mattima or a trader, Mittimak, who was buried here. The residents are therefore called the Mittimatalingmiut. The community is served by the Pond Inlet Airport.

Pond Inlet is south of Eclipse Sound, facing Bylot Island to the north.

History

In 1888, John Ross named the place after John Pond, a British astronomer. A Hudson's Bay Company outpost and RCMP station were established here in 1921. French Catholic missionaries soon followed (1929).

Demography

Mostly North Baffin Inuit (or the Tunnunirmiut, "the people on the back of the earth"), who are anthropologically grouped together with the Iglulik Inuit.

  • 130 (1822)
  • 269 (1963)
  • 408 (1972)
  • 616 (1981)
  • 1,220 (2001)

External links

  • Statistics (http://collections.ic.gc.ca/arctic/inuit/pond.htm)
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