The Inuit elders of Baker Lake were charged with finding a location for the placement of a new National historic site in 1993. One of the most important events in the life of the Inuit during the year, stretching back to their earliest memories was hunting of the caribou during their yearly migration. A critical location in the hunt was that along the Kazan River where the caribou crossed. The people relied on the caribou hunt for their survival. The caribou provided them with food, clothing, shelter, and many tools and implements.
Parks Canada established the National Historic site on the Kazan River and on June 3rd, 1998 the Governor General officially presided over the opening of the heritage site.
The site displays many artifacts found in the area, some on loan from other museums and some handmade objects representing the traditional way of life for the Inuit.