Grise Fiord, Nunavut, incorporated as a hamlet in 1987, population 130 (2011c), 141 (2006c). The Hamlet of Grise Fiord is located on the south coast of ELLESMERE ISLAND. Canada's most northerly INUIT community, it is situated in game-rich country from which the residents derive their living.
The settlement is the result of federal government efforts to alleviate poor economic conditions among the Inuit and to establish Canadian ARCTIC SOVEREIGNTY over the Arctic islands. Inuit families from other areas of the North were settled in the area by 1953. Otto SVERDRUP named the fjord the community lies on Grise Fiord, which means "Pig Fiord" in Norwegian. Many visitors consider the community setting the most beautiful in the North.