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Peter Prokosch with Inuit child on sea ice, Pont Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Peter Prokosch joined an Inuit family of Pond Inlet on a weekend trip over the sea ice to learn about their traditional life, including seal hunting. Seal hunting (mainly on abundant ring seals) is an important part of life for the Inuit of Pond Inlet. As this depends on the existence of sea ice as the habitat of ring seals and surface to drive on, prospects of earlier melting of the ice is not welcomed by the local people and makes their life more risky.
The economy of Pond Inlet is largely service based with government as the largest employer. Small businesses that serve the community, tourism, and art work are also found. As a tourist destination, Pond Inlet is considered one of Canada's "jewels of the North". It is one of the most picturesque communities with mountain ranges visible from all directions. Icebergs are most often accessible from the community within walking distance or a short snowmobile ride in winter. Pond Inlet boasts a nearby floe edge, several dozen glaciers, explorable ice caves, and many grand and picturesque inlets. Barren-ground Caribou, Ringed Seal, Narwhals and Polar Bears are just some of the wildlife that can be encountered while traveling out on the land. Nunavut also boasts one of Canada's newest national parks named after the glaciers that can be seen north of the community on Bylot Island; Sirmilik National Park.