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The Inuit of Kugaaruk were amongst the last indigenous peoples in North America to have contact with Europeans in the latter part of the 19th century. Inuit have lived in the area for thousands of years, as this was an important place for both caribou and sea mammal hunting. Local ice conditions, however, meant that it was difficult for traders, missionaries or explorers to reach the area.
The first Roman Catholic missionaries finally arrived in 1935 and a permanent mission was established in 1937. Local Inuit continued to have a largely nomadic lifestyle until 1955 with the construction of a DEW Line radar site in the community. This brought the wage economy to the area, which led many Inuit to move into the community. Schools and a nursing station was constructed in the early 1960’s.
Today Kugaaruk continues to be largely tied to the traditional economy. Hunting and fishing remain important for providing food and clothing for local people. Within the past decade, there has also been a rise in mineral exploration, with numerous gold and diamond exploration camps located within a 150 km radius.
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First Air has a number of regularly scheduled flights connectign to and from Iqaluit, Winnipeg, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Montreal.
Charters can be booked by calling 1-613-254-6200.
Summit Air operates numerous aircraft types from Yellowknife, NWT
Air Nunavut operates 9 to 13 seat twin turbine aircraft from Iqaluit, NU
Kenn Borek Air provides off-strip Twin Otter, Turbine DC-3, and King Air charter services from Resolute.
"Working in the Arcrtic is our passion and has defined who we are for many years. We pride ourselves in our knowledge of the most remote areas and harshest environments. We have supported the Canadian government's scientific research out of our Resolute Bay location for many years. Working with our joint ventures, Aklak Air and Unaalik Aviation, we provide charter flights across the Canadian north in whatever capacity required."
Services almost all communities in Nunavut with both scheduled flights and charter services.
Air Tindi operates numerous aircraft types from Yellowknife, NWT
Cambridge Bay, NU