Member Co-ops Paleajook
Paleajook Eskimo Co-operative Limited
Taloyoak, NU X0B 1B0
Fax: (867) 561-5603
Incorporated in December, 1970, this Co-op began as a venue for local carvers to sell their art. They also sold hunting, camping & fishing supplies with some food staples and fuel delivery service. Today the Co-op is an active business consisting of a retail store and cable TV services, which has seen the need to expand its facilities to meet the need of the membership. In July 2010, Paleajook Co-op officially opened its brand new retail store and the “old” retail store will now be a warehouse.
About the Community
The 2011 census identified the community of Taloyoak as having a population of 899. Taloyoak or Talurjuaq was known as Spence Bayuntil July 1992; and is located on the Boothia Peninsula, in Canada’s Nunavut Territory. The community is served only by air and by annual supply sealift. Taloyoak may mean “large blind”, referring to a stone caribou blind or a screen used for caribou hunting’ The first inhabitants of Taloyoak were Netsilik Inuit, and in 1904, Amundsen explored much of the Boothia Peninsula on his journey through the Northwest Passage. Taloyoak is home to many Inuit artisans. Inuit carvers work in bone, stone and ivory to create traditional and spiritual Inuit images. “Spence Bay” packing dolls are produced here. Also, traditional caribou and seal skin clothing, such as parkas, mitts and kamiks are produced by Taloyoak natives. The community’s economy relies on trapping and the commercial char fishery, as well as its handicrafts. Snowmobile tours of the region in winter and spring, and boating tours are available during the summer months.