Arviat, Nunavut

Arviat, Nunavut

Arviat, Nunavut can be found on old maps as Eskimo Point. The name Arviat comes from arviq, Inuktitut for 'bowhead whale'. The community was named for a nearby island that is shaped like a bowhead. The Hudson Bay Company established a trading post at Arviat in the 1920s and a Catholic mission followed shortly thereafter. The area had previously been used by the Pallirmiut Inuit to hunt for seals, walrus and whales.