Located on the southern coast of Cornwallis Island, Resolute is the second most northern civilian community in Canada. The community is named after the HMS Resolute, a British ship that searched for the lost Franklin expedition, and in Inuktitut it is known as Quaasuittuq, or “the place with no dawn”. There are many species of wildlife in the region and several protected areas have been established, including Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area, and the Prince Leopold Island and Seymour Island Migratory Bird Sanctuaries. The community’s northern location makes it the major gateway for expeditions to the North Pole and to Quttinirpaaq (Ellesmere Island) National Park.
Potential non-renewable resources in the region include: oil and gas, iron, coal, gold, diamonds, uranium, and base metals.
Population figures based on Statistics Canada 2006 Census