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A late January wind drops the temperature in Arviat, Nunavut, to a bone-chilling -56C and gracefully shapes the snow around the skeletons of four tupiiq, (traditional summeruse tents) standing strong in the late afternoon light.

Not suited for winter use, these structures await the summer months when, covered in canvas or caribou skins, they might offer suitable shelter from more moderate temperatures. On this particular day, few of Arviat’s estimated 2,400 residents were found outside without a good reason.