Welcome to Nunavut!
After decades of isolation, Canada's
may finally be on the verge of a new golden age after the creation of
Nunavut, Canada's newest and largest territory. With its capital in Iqaluit
the new government is focusing on developing the cultural and natural assets of
a region rich in both. Certainly in terms of art the Inuit have already made an
indelible mark far to the south. Distinctive soapstone carvings and breathtaking
prints have long captured the imagination of art enthusiasts around the world,
and today are being produced by a whole new generation of artists. A tradition
of stewardship has also ensured the entire region remains rich in wildlife. Huge
herds of caribou still roam in an utterly wild landscape, while wolves and foxes
that would be terrified of humans elsewhere, walk by nonchalantly. It is a land
rife with photographic opportunities, and cradling the breeding grounds of dozens
of bird species, Nunavut is a birdwatcher's paradise.