The Inuit people and their ancestors have inhabited the area for thousands of years, perhaps as long as 4,000. Their cultures were well-adapted to the climate and environment.
Contact with European-Canadians has been much more limited. In 1921, the Hudson's Bay Company established a trading post in Pangnirtung. Two years later the Royal Canadian Mounted Police erected a permanent office. The first government-appointed teacher arrived in 1956. The first administrative office was established in 1962.
Murray Blair is a world renowned piper, musician, composer and producer, and former member of the World Champion Victoria Police Pipe Band.