Grise Fiord

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Boys play on ice floes, 1-30am, Grise Fiord, Nunavut.

Grise Fiord is a community on the southern coast of Ellesmere Island, in the Territory of Nunavut, Canada.[1] It is one of the northernmost settlements on Earth. It is located at 76N 82W. There are two more northerly Canadian settlements, both also located on Ellesmere Island, Alert and Eureka.

As of 2008 the community's population is 140.[2]

Controversial re-settlement

There are archeological sites in the Grise Fiord area that show First Nations peoples had settled, or passed through.[3] The oldest records date back 4,500 years. In 1953 the Federal Government settled some Inuit families from southern Canada in Grise Fiord, as a sovereignty measure.[4] The move was highly controversial. The resettled families found their first years very hard. Many died.

Apprehension of Florin Fodor

On September 11, 2006 Florin Fodor, a Romanian illegal immigrant, tried to return to Canada by sailing two thousand kilometers from Sisimiut, Greenland to Grise Fiord.[5][6][7]


  1. Grise Fiord: Land. Retrieved on 2008-08-09. mirror
  2. Grise Fiord taps icebergs during water shortage, CBC News, 2008-04-15. Retrieved on 2008-08-09. mirror
  3. Grise Fiord: History. Retrieved on 2008-08-09. mirror
  4. Town at the top of the World, CBC News, 2008-01-02. Retrieved on 2008-08-12. mirror
  5. Grise Fiord "refugee" to court, Siku News, 2006-11-12. Retrieved on 2008-08-10. mirror
  6. Border hopper has day in court, Siku News, 2006-11-16. Retrieved on 2008-08-10. mirror
  7. Jail for border hopper, Siku News, 2006-11-22. Retrieved on 2008-08-10. mirror