Kugluktuk – formerly Coppermine – is located at the mouth of the Coppermine River on the Coronation Gulf and is the most western community in Nunavut.
The Coppermine River is a designated Canadian Heritage River because of its importance as an exploration and fur trade route. The Kugluk/Bloody Falls Territorial Park, located just 15 km from the community is one of the few parks in Nunavut with a shared history between the Inuit and the Dene.
The traditional language of the region is Inuinnaqtun, which is written in the Latin alphabet rather than the syllabics used in the Inuktitut system.
Fishing still plays an important role in the lives of residents, and a variety of wildlife is found in the area, including barren ground grizzly bears.
Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: gold, diamonds, uranium, precious metals, base metals, and nickel-copper platinum group elements (PGEs).
Population figures based on Statistics Canada 2006 Census