809 (91% Inuit)
Inuktitut and English
Taloyoak is the northernmost community of mainland Canada and is located in the middle of the Boothia peninsula near the northeast border of the Kitikmeot. Orginially called Spence Bay, the community was renamed according to its Inuktitut name on July 1st, 1992. Taloyoak means “caribou blind” and refers to the V shaped stone walls used by ancient hunters to herd caribou to the kill; the remains of the walls can still be seen near the community. There is a long history of arctic expeditions in the areas surrounding Taloyoak. It was near Taloyoak that famed artic explorer John Ross first pinpointed the location of the magnetic north pole in the 1830s. Taloyoak has also become central to the search for the legendary 1845 expedition of Sir John Franklin to find and map a Northwest Passage connecting Europe with Asia. Taloyoak is renowned for its many artisans and carvers, who use bone, ivory and soapstone to create their unique designs. The strong Inuit seamstress traditions are evident in the renowned Spence Bay “packing dolls” made by Taluq Designs which feature Arctic animals carrying their young in an amautiit, a traditional Inuit baby carrying parka.
Rock formation similar to Ayers Rock (Australia) to the North
Government (Hamlet); Soapstone, Bone and Ivory Carving; Clothing and Fabric Manufacturing; Subsistence Hunting and Fishing
Netsilik School (Grades K-12)
Nunavut Day (July 9th)
(69°32’13” North, 93°31’36” West)