Inuit Knowledge Project: Google Earth

As part of the Inuit Knowledge Project, we have compiled a range of spatial data! The information is available as an overlay on topographic maps (pdf files) and as kmz files. On this page, you will find three kmz files – one for Auyuittuq National Park (mapping work done in Qikiqtarjuaq), one for Sirmilik National Park (mapping work done in Arctic Bay and Pond Inlet) and Ukkusiksalik National Park (mapping work done in Repulse Bay, Rankin Inlet and Coral Harbour).

The kmz files present a range of information on the parks and surrounding areas, including:

  1. General Information:
    Main communities, Inuit Owned Land Boundaries, National Park Boundaries
  2. Placenames – Information provided by Inuit Heritage Trust - Government of Nunavut
    Placenames available in Inuktitut – syllabic and roman orthography
  3. Safety Features
    Travel routes, Sea ice features, Dangerous areas, Areas of thin ice, Leads, Floe edge.
  4. Animal Features
    Distribution of a range of terrestrial and marine animal species.
  5. Audio and photos
    Photos and accounts from different areas.

Google Earth must already be installed on your computer before you can use the KMZ file. Else, go to

Tips on how to use the KMZ file

  • If you’ve never used Google Earth or would like to learn more about it, you can access the Google Earth User Guide here:
  • If you’d like to learn how to navigate like a pro in Google Earth, familiarize yourself with the keyboard/mouse controls here:
  • You can turn the various folders, subfolders, and placemarks on or off by clicking on them in the "Temporary Places" panel at the right of your screen.
  • To properly view the placenames in syllabic, go to "Tools" in the menu bar, select "Options" and then "Primary 3D font". From there, scroll down and select the font "Pigarniq Light". If you don't have "Pigarniq Light" installed on your computer, you can download it from here.
  • You can access additional information by clicking on the various placemarks shown on the map. These placemarks represent photos, audio, and video.
  • To ensure that you are only viewing the information contained in the KMZ file, you can turn off any other information layers that might be activated in the “Layers” panel, at the bottom left of your screen. However, make sure to leave the “Terrain” layer turned ON in order to view the terrain in 3D.

Disclaimer of responsibility

This file contains information on Auyuittuq National Park, Sirmilik National, Ukkusiksalik National Park and surrounding areas. The information was collated during a series of interviews conducted by the Inuit Knowledge Project and using 1:250 000 topo maps. The actual location of some of the land features and travel routes is therefore not highly accurate. Any use you make of these maps and any reliance on or decisions made based on these maps are your own responsibility. The Inuit Knowledge Project, Parks Canada and collaborators, employees and agents accept no responsibility for damages, if any, suffered by you or any third party as a result of decisions made or actions based on these maps. For greater certainty, under no circumstances whatsoever will the Inuit Knowledge Project, Parks Canada and collaborators, its employees, or its agents be held liable for any loss or damage that may occur to you and any person or persons or property by reason of your or their reliance upon these maps.