Three days and six plane rides after leaving Halifax, I finally arrived at my destination: Coral Harbour, Nunavut, the only community on Southampton Island which sits at the top of Hudson Bay. Coral Harbour is known by Inuit as Salliq, meaning “large, flat island in front of the mainland.” However, it got its English name from plentiful coral fossils found in a local creek.
I traveled to this Arctic community of about 800 residents in November 2018 as part of a shared project with the University of Ottawa entitled Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices. Coral Harbour was the 12th community to participate in this research project which is led by Dr. Jackie Dawson, director of the University of Ottawa’s Environment, Society and Policy Group (ESPG). Oceans North supports this project and has partnered with her team to bring this workshop to other communities, including Cambridge Bay.