Welcome to the
Municipality of Sanikiluaq
Located in the heart of Hudson Bay in the Belcher Islands, Sanikiluaq is an Inuit community of 850 residents. It is the southernmost community in Nunavut, about 150 kilometres off the west coast of Nunavik, Quebec. The Islands are distinctly arctic where notrees grow.
The Inuit have inhabited the Belchers Islands for centuries. The Thule and Dorset cultures occupied the Islands as evidenced by many sites. The Islands first came to the attention of outsiders after Henry Hudson spotted them in 1610.
Then about 1840s, Thomas Wiegand, a servant of the Hudson's Bay Company, led an exploration party from Fort George (Chisasibi), Quebec to the Belchers. Robert Flaherty and his crew, some 75 years later were the first Qallunaat (people with brushy eyebrows) to winter on the Islands.