The City of Iqaluit, the capital of Canada’s newest territory, has undergone major changes since the creation of the territory in April 1999. Iqaluit experiences significant demographic growth rate, with a high birthrate, an important in-migration from other Nunavut communities, and a constant influx of Southern professionals moving to Iqaluit. Some Southerners become long-term residents, while others are transient. The community is constantly in motion.
In 2016, its social fabric is very diverse. Long-term resident have an acute sense of place and there is a general sense that Iqaluit is very different than any other place in Nunavut and Canada. To accommodate changes, residents are regularly consulted on a range of issues. Excessive consultation has led to fatigue and the credibility of consultations have been undermined by the fact that they were led in the past by consultants or transient workers with a low level understanding of the historical and cultural context of Iqaluit. The presentation will provide an overview of the challenges of engaging with the community in Iqaluit and tools for successful community engagement.