Kimmirut is a traditional Inuit hamlet located on the southernmost peninsula of Baffin Island. The hamlet overlooks the waters of Glasgow Inlet and sits at the mouth of the Soper Heritage River at 62.8474° N, 69.8692° W. Aside from the scenic beauty of its location, Kimmirut is also a culturally important part of the north. Known in the past as Lake Harbour, the hamlet is on the site of the first Hudson Bay trading post on Baffin Island, founded in 1911. Inuit have lived in the region for centuries, and, since 1992, the Soper River has been designated a heritage river on account of its enduring cultural significance – in Inuktitut it is called Kuujjuaq or "the Great River".
Kimmirut means ‘heel’ in Inuktitut. The town acquired its name from the large, rounded and cracked rock at the end of the harbour, which resembles a heel.
Today, Kimmirut is home to over four hundred people who preserve a traditional way of life. Together with the warm local hospitality that welcomes travelers, the hamlet and the region have much to offer. The beauty of nearby Katannilik Territorial Park is only minutes away, and the hamlet is an excellent starting point for visitors wanting to explore and enjoy its many attractions. Kimmirut is also home to a thriving culture of arts and crafts, including stone carving, ivory scrimshaw, and jewelry making – much of which uses many gemstones native to this unique area.
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Char Smoking Project
Baffin Fisheries, in partnership with the Mayukalik Hunters and Trappers Association, and with financial support from CanNor, is launching a char-smoking project in Kimmirut.
The operation will serve as a test-marketing study for a future commercial smoked char export business in Kimmirut. The two-year project will:
- Make operational two existing smokers in the HTA processing building in Kimmirut
- Repair, upgrade, and extend the life of the community freezer building that holds the smokers and community freezer
- Train local HTA members to operate smokers, and package seafood products safely
- Provide an opportunity for local fishermen to expand char fishing operations and generate income selling surplus char and
- Provide an opportunity for a local vessel operator to charter vessel and crew.
If proven viable, the partners will develop a commercial fish smoking enterprise for the community of Kimmirut. The project involves assessing the current condition of smokers, freezer, and building, and completing a task/material list of requirements to install and repair the smokers, freezer, and building. As the repairs and upgrades are being completed, residents will be trained in the processing, smoking, and packaging of the smoked char product.
The agreement’s starting date became effective on Feb 5th, 2019 and will be completed over two fiscal years, with anticipated final completion by March 2020. It will be of great benefit to the community of Kimmirut and Baffin Fisheries goal from this successful project is to support the development of small scale in shore commercial fishing/smoker operation in Kimmirut.
Baffin Fisheries is satisfied with progress and is meeting its objectives related to this project.
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