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Place That Never Thaws

Interest increased in the North American Arctic after the Second World War, given its natural resources and strategic importance - ballistic missiles from Asia would use the "great circle route" over the Pole to deliver their bombs.

The Canadian government wanted to ensure sovereignty in the North, so in 1953 it relocated eight Inuit families from Inukjuak and resettled them 2,000 km / 1250 miles further north at Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island (in what is now Nunavut).

The name means "pig fiord" in Norwegian, and its Inuit name, Aujuittuq, means "place that never thaws". Located above 75 north latitude, this village of about 160 people is Canada's northernmost settlement. The only other year-round outposts are weather stations and a military base.

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