Nunavut Territory, Canada
Rankin Inlet (Kangiqiniq or Kangirliniq, meaning deep bay/inlet) is a Inuit town in Nunavut, Canada. It is on the western Hudson Bay and is the regional centre for the Kivalliq Region.
The town was founded by the owners of the Rankin Inlet Mine, which produced nickel and copper ores there between 1957 and 1962 from an underground operation. The mine was the first case of Inuit miners in Canada. Since the mine closed several attempts to develop an alternate source of income for the town were unsuccessful. One of the oddest was a pig ranch which failed because polar bears were fairly successful at absconding with the pigs, and because the pork tasted of fish—the pigs’ primary diet.
Population is 2,058 according to the 2001 Census.
The community is served by the Rankin Inlet Airport, and by annual supply sea-lift. The senator for Nunavut has proposed that a billion-dollar highway be built from Churchill, Manitoba.
In the 1995 Nunavut Capital Plebiscite, Iqaluit defeated Rankin Inlet to become territorial capital of Nunavut.
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