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Renaming the North


    Over the past few years, support has been growing rapidly for Inuit and Indian communities who want to change the name of their community back to what it was before whites renamed it. This process has not always occured without animosity, but in almost all cases, arguments have faded away rapidly once the "new" name was in place.

    The Inuit in northern Quebec were the first to gain substantial recognition of the right to use their own names for their communities. In 1981, seven community name changes were recognized by Canada Post.

    The extensive lists following contain all of the geographic place names in the 3 Canadian territories that have both a Euro-Canadian name, and a different historic name. The top list is for those whose names have been officially changed, the much longer second one is for those which still have 2 names. There are undoubtedly some I've missed - if you know of any, please drop me a line with the information.


Names officially changed

Former Name
 
New Name,
Date of Change

 

Arctic Red River

Tsiigehtchic (1994)

Cambridge Bay

Ikaluktutiak

Central Arctic (district)

Kitikmeot (1999)

Chesterfield Inlet

Igluligaarjuk

Coppermine

Kugluktuk (1996)

Coral Harbour

Salliq

Eskimo Point

Arviat (1989)

Fort Franklin

Deline (1993)

Fort Norman

Tulit'a (1996)

Frobisher Bay

Iqaluit (1987)

Hall Beach

Sanirajak

Holman

Uluqsaqtuuq (2006)

Keewatin (district)

Kivalliq (1999)

Lac la Martre

Wha Ti (1996)

Lake Harbour

Kimmirut (1996)

Port Brabant

Tuktoyaktuk (1950)

Resolute

Qausuittuq

Snowdrift

Lutselk'e (1992)

Spence Bay

Taloyoak (1992)


Names Not Officially Changed

Official Name
 
Inuktitut Name
 

Arctic Bay

Tununirusiq

Back River North

Utkosiksalik

Back River South

Senningayok

Baffin (district)

Qikiqtaaluk

Baffin Island

Omanerdjuark

Baker Lake

Qamanittuaq (or Qamani’tuaq)

Beaverly Lake

Akkilinerk

Bellot Strait

Ikkerasar

Black Lead Island

Omanerdjuark

Broughton Island

Qikiqtarjuaq

Burnside

Kingark / Kringau

Burwell & Mackenzie (district)

Kidlinerk

Cape Dorset

Kinngait

Cape Smith

Kekertauyak

Chimo River

Kuujjuaq

Churchill

Kuugjuaraaluk

Churchill River

Kuujjuaq

Clyde River

Kangiqtugaapik

Coats Island

Akpatordjuark

Davis Inlet

Ukkusitsalik

Depot Island

Pikiulerk

Diana Bay

Tuwaluk

Duke of York Bay

Akrearornert

Edgell Islands

Tujjaat

Fairway Island

Pitsiulartok

Fullerton

Kattiktalik

Garry Bay

Alanaryuk

Gjoa Haven

Oqsuqtooq

Goose Bay

Vaali

Grise Fiord

Ausuittuq, Aujuittuq

Happy Valley

Vaali

Harrison

Inugdjuark

Igloolik

Iglulik

Kazan River

Sagvartok

King William Island

Oksortok

Leaf Bay

Tasseuyak

Loks Land

Takuligjuaq

Mansel Island

Putjurnark

Marble Island

Oksoreak

McKeand River

Qamanialuk; Kuugaaluk

Minto Inlet

Kangeruatsiak

Mistake Bay

Tinnitsortok / Korviuyardjuk

Nain

Naini

Nottingham Island

Tujjaat

Padlei

Kingarvalik

Pelly Bay

Aqvilikjuaq / Kuraryuk

Perry River

Kuujjuaq

Pond Inlet

Mittimatalik

Povangitok

Povernittok

Prince River

Akkilasardjuk

Rabbit Island

Naukorvik

Rankin Inlet

Kangerdlinerk

Read Island

Kekertardjuk

Repulse Bay

Naujaat / Aivilik

Resolution Island

Tujjaat

Richardson Island

Nagdjurtok

Rigolet

Tikiraqsuarusik

Salisbury Island

Akulliq

Southamption Island

Sadlert

Tavanee

Korviuyardjuk

Tern Point

Tikerardjuark

Thelon River

Kurk / Kork

Thom Bay

Ikpik

Wager Inlet

Utkosiksalik / Tasseuyak

Walkham Bay

Kangerdludjuark

Walrus Island

Akpatorardjuk

Whale Cove

Tikirajuaq

Whale River

Unguniarvik

Wolstenholme

Kangerdlukadlak




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