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Western Nunavut: Canada Over the Edge (Season 4)

This title is a part of the series Canada Over the Edge (Season 4)

Catalogue Number:  BAM186
Producer:  Blue Ant Media
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, First Nations Studies, Geography, History, Social Studies, Travel
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2015
Running Time:  52:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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  • Kugluktuk: Place of Moving Water

The Kugluktuk region, called Coppermine by English speakers until 1996, has been a natural and cultural crossroads for thousands of years. Red Pedersen, mayor of Kugluktuk, discusses the history of the community, established as a Hudson’s Bay trading post in 1928. Residents in the Kugluktuk region lived a nomadic life until the early 20th century; by Arctic standards it is a very lush area. People are now trying to expand the tourism sector.

  • Nunavut: Our Land

Nunavut was officially established on April 1, 1999. It was divided from the Northwest Territories, after decades of negotiation with the Federal Government, to create a separate territory for the Inuit people. The word "Nunavut", from the Inuktitut language, means "our land".

  • Northwest Territories: Home of Permafrost

The Northwest Territories is a vast expanse measuring more than 1.3 million square kilometres. One of the Arctic’s most scenic features, permafrost, is a unique phenomenon. It is soil that has been at or below 0°C for two or more years.

  •  Tuktut Nogait National Park

With rolling tundra, wild rivers, precipitous canyons, and a variety of unique wildlife and vegetation, Tuktut Nogait (‘young caribou’) is one of Canada’s undiscovered gems. This remote park is located 170 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and is home to the Bluenose West caribou herd, wolves, grizzly bears, muskoxen, arctic char, and a high density of raptors. The wildlife and land have supported aboriginal peoples for thousands of years, from the Copper and Thule cultures to contemporary Inuvialuit.

  • Geologic Mysteries of the Western Arctic: Brock River Canyon

Rob Rainbird discusses the geology of the Brock River Canyon near Paulatuk, Northwest Territories which has been etched into an incredible landscape over millions of years. It was part of the supercontinent Rhodenia a billion years ago, prior to the supercontinent Pangaea. Large sedimentary basins that lay within the interior of that supercontinent may hold answers to the puzzle of how it might have formed. Rainbird and his team hope to produce detailed maps of the area that will help with future decisions on land use.

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