Check with your principal or vice-principal to find out if a formal orientation will be organized for new and returning staff.
In the meantime, we hope the following information gives you a better sense of our community and school.
Baker Lake is a friendly town, located only 40km from the nation's geographic centre and about 300km south of the Arctic Circle. The community is also known as Qamani’tuaq, Inuktitut for "where the river widens."
Baker Lakes boasts many opportunities for outdoor activities. These activities include:
- caribou skinning and tanning
- snowmobiling and ATV exploring
- kayaking and canoeing
- berry picking
- bird watching
- iglu building
In addition, the community has five playgrounds, a baseball field, a basketball field, a soccer field, a golf course and plenty more. Our local community centre is the indoor place to go for dancing, socializing, feasts, flea markets, hockey games, working out at the fitness centre and playing at the giant indoor children's playground.
There is also an archaeological site in town where the ancient Inuit, the Thule, used to camp.
Weather & Climate
Newcomers to Baker Lake should be prepared for our climate: cold and windy in the winters and 24-hour daylight in the summers. Adequate clothing is required for winters: a warm parka, snowpants, mittens, scarves, good boots, etc.
Canada Goose and The North Face are popular brands for winter-wear and can be purchased in the local Northern store. However, a larger selection is available in southern Canada. Check those companies' websites about where to buy their authentic products as there are many counterfeit/imitation versions online. You may also have a tailored Inuit parka made for you locally for a reasonable price.
Summers are very comfortable and weather is warm and mild, though you may want to bring a mosquito jacket, rain jacket and rubber boots for the autumn.
Preparing for Your Relocation
Please review this website's relocation package section for comprehensive information about the relocation process. The government pays for your move so it is wise to plan well. You should bring up cookware and utensils; plates and cutlery and bedding (ask about the bed size you will be getting such as single or double). Some government living units have plenty of storage space while others may have little or none.
When you are hired, a relocation officer will inform you about what items they will pay to ship for you and what your total weight allowance is. You should plan this according to the expected duration of your stay so you do not bring too little or too much. The government pays a portion of your shipping costs to return south but the amount is incremental depending on how many years of service you complete. Please check these figures with your relocation officer.
Bring your own electronics but be sure they are in their original packaging as the move to Nunavut can be bumpy and take a while.
Insurance may not cover moving damage if the item was not professionally packaged by the movers for transport and/or if the item was not shipped in its original packaging.
You will need surge protectors for all electrical equipment.
What to Leave Behind
The government will pay for the professional storage of most belongings that you do not bring for up to three years. Please check the NTA-GN Collective Agreement for more details.
Please check the Internet links below for interesting and important information about our friendly little community.