The Arctic Bay Atlas is a joint project between Nunavut Youth Consulting, the community of Arctic Bay, Inuit Heritage Trust, Nunavut Arctic College, and the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University.
For the past three years, Nunavut Youth Consulting has been working in conjunction with Nunavut Arctic College and the Canada/Nunavut Geosciences Centre on Inuit Heritage Trust's Traditional Name Placing Project. In the Arctic Bay area, approximately 300 traditional place names have been mapped. Locations and names are determined based on interviews with knowledgeable Elders using 1:250,000 scale maps covering a vast land area important to residents of Arctic Bay. In addition to demonstrating the process of mapping place names, a database was created together with digital recordings containing valuable information about the meanings of and stories related to each place name.
The Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre at Carleton University conducts research into Cybercartography and interactive mapping technologies and have provided research and development support to a number of communities that are interested in making their stories available in a dynamic, engaging way. Cybercartographic atlases are on-line, 'living atlases' that use a dynamic, interactive mapping interface, along with other forms of mapping and multi-media information to engage people in creating online interactive maps related to their communities.
The project has resulted in the collection of many stories about places and the people who are connected to them. Project funding has enabled training workshops providing local community researchers with a practical orientation to processes that would be required in creating community-based atlases. The technology developed at the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre was enhanced to support new community requirements - and is actively being reused by other communities in the north and elsewhere.
Additional funding for this ongoing work has been provided by the Government of Canada through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage Canadian Culture Online program, and the Canadian International Polar Year Program (IPY) Office.
This version of the atlas is currently being evaluated and the results used to further development under an IPY grant.
The following organizations have also lent their support: