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Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery

Iqaluit, Nunavut

Photo Credits: LEES + Associates

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Initial research by: Desiree Theriault

Edited by: Samantha Miller & Nicole Brekelmans

Case study compiled in 2017



Project: Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery

Type of Urban StrategyIndigenous

Type of ProjectIndigenous Resurgence

LocationIqaluit, Nunavut

Date Designed/Planned: 2013

Construction Completed2014

DesignerLEES + Associates



The Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery portrays a story of Indigenous Resurgence by transforming the Indigenous community's perception of what a cemetery can be. The project looks to respond to the local and traditional knowledge of the community and provide a meaningful space of gathering, process, and memory. 


Designed in association with the Iqaluit community and Landscape Architects, LEES + Associates, the Iqaluit Municipal Cemetery achieves resurgence through actions and process. The community-driven design provides empowerment through the people of Iqaluit by utilizing local craftsman and traditional operations to create a contextual cemetery that prides itself on traditional burial and adaptive sacred spaces. The design embraces minimalism and ecological fortitude by creating a series of pathways with traditional materials that respond to the flooding on the site, in conjunction with a community management plan that looks to preserve and engage the tundras’ changes with permafrost.  

"The cemetery makes an eloquent statement, a blending of time, honouring those that have passed with the current landscape and the people that live within it." (ASLA, 2018)

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