Welcome to the Nattilik Heritage Centre Gjoa Haven, NUNAVUT

Welcome to the Nattilik Heritage Centre Gjoa Haven, NUNAVUT



The Nattilik Heritage Centre opened on October 17th, 2013. The Centre is a purpose built multi-use facility in the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven. It provides the following functions: An exhibit space, meeting museum standards, dedicated to the display of Nattilik artifacts and the interpretation of the culture of the Nattilik people. The centre provides a demonstration area for traditional arts and crafts and is used to host mentorship programs, heritage learning and special cultural events. The centre contains a retail art gallery for sale of local and regional arts and crafts. The Society operates the gallery through it’s trade name Ullulaq Inuit Arts. 


Amundsen's Journey

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The Franklin Expedition

The Wrecks of HMS Erebus and HMS Terror National Historic Site of Canada (NHSC) was designated as a national historic site in 1992. The site is nationally significant because: it is associated with Sir John Franklin’s 1845 Northwest Passage expedition; the two wrecks are a testament to this major scientific expedition, and rare surviving examples of state-of-the-art, mid-19th century polar discovery ships; many search expeditions launched between 1847 and 1859 resulted in the mapping of large tracts of what is now the Canadian Arctic; and local Inuit, past and present, shared their knowledge of the expedition, leading to the eventual discoveries of the two shipwrecks.

Amundsen’s Journey Through The North West Passage

At the age of fifteen, Amundsen was inspired to become a polar explorer by Sir John Franklin, he had heard the stories about Franklin’s journey to find the North West Passage and the disappearance. He studied medicine for a while before he took off to the sea. In 1897, 25 year-old Ronald Amundsen, had sailed as a first mate on the Belgica, a Belgian Expedition that was first to winter in the Antarctic (1897 – 1899). After two years returning since the Belgian Expedition, and at the end of his Polar Apprenticeship, Amundsen obtained his captain’s ticket and plan to get his own Arctic Expedition: To Cross The North West Passage. And that’s what he set out to do.