Just over a year ago, Canadian pilots had a close encounter of the UFO kind as approached Baffin Island in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The incident was significant enough to warrant going on record about the sighting with both the national and U.S. governments.
Named by English colonists after English explorer William Baffin, the largest island in Canada, is also the fifth-largest island in the world. The capital city is Iqaluit. The Hudson Strait lies between Baffin Island and mainland Quebec.
The Fury and Hecla Strait to the south of the western end of the island separate Baffin Island from the Melville Peninsula on the mainland. Eastward are Davis Strait and Baffin Bay with Greenland beyond them. To the west and north, the Foxe Basin, the Gulf of Boothia, and Lancaster Sound separate Baffin Island from the rest of the Arctic Archipelago.
At approximately 8:30 pm local time, the pilots flying a Nolinor Aviation Boeing 636-200 jet saw a strange multi-hued light where there shouldn’t have been one.
Transport Canada is the department within the Canadian government responsible for developing regulations, policies, and services related to road, rail, marine, and air transportation in the country.
The Canadian pilots sent an incident report to Transport Canada’s Civil Aviation Daily Occurrence Reporting System (CADORS) that included their location and described what they saw in the sky on November 24, 2018, as they flew from Iqaluit to the Mary River mine in northern Baffin Island.
After reading the unusual report, Marco Prud’homme, vice president of Nolinor, decided to do some investigating of his own. He spoke with one of the pilots who told him he saw a shining light that changed from red to green to white.
The pilot speculated that what he saw aloft might have been a star or a meteorite and was “probably something natural.”
But the CADORS report the pilot filed said that the unexplained anomaly he witnessed could be a weather balloon, meteor, rocket or another unidentified flying object.
The CADORS report referred to the unknown aerial object as CIRVIS/UFO, an abbreviation for “Communications Instructions for Reporting Vital Intelligence Sightings” for an Unidentified Flying Object. The flight crew noted “no impact to operations” and the plane landed safely.
The credible testimony provided by commercial aviators was important enough for CADORS to send on to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) based in Colorado.
Some ufologists believe that including the term CIRVIS/UFO as a possible identification for the bogey was code, something along the lines of, “If we include CIRVIS/UFO in an aviation report, just ignore the swamp gas and Venus theories because we mean it was an alien aircraft.”
Transport Canada was cagey and waffled about the official follow-up to the pilot’s UFO sighting, explaining that “with regards to next steps when reports like these are generated, it depends on the type of the incident reported,” and that “the information…should be treated as preliminary, unsubstantiated, and subject to change.”
Canada is no stranger to High Strangeness. In 2017, the Ufology Research group logged 1,101 UFO reports across the land. This number is a minimum as many sightings go unnoticed or unreported – due, in some cases, to the fear of being mocked and ridiculed.
Pilots have been known to lose their jobs for filing official reports on their UFO sightings.
The November 2018 Canadian pilot’s report was by no means the first odd occurrence in the vast reaches of tundra that stretch between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
In the 1930s, an entire village of native Inuits who lived in the Nunavut Territory near Anjikuni Lake vanished without a trace. A fur trapper named Joe Labelle, seeking shelter from the frozen weather visited a small settlement and found no one home, although fires were still burning with the pots’ contents charred:
“All indications were that the small village was going about their business as usual when they seemingly up and left.”
The natives abandoned everything they owned, including food and their possessions – except the graveyard which was found dug up and all the corpses removed. No trail marked their exit route.
Were they abducted by aliens and taken aboard silently-hovering UFOs? We’ll probably never know.
But one thing is certain: western governments are admitting to the general public that they are taking the UFO phenomenon seriously.
Despite the fact that world governments view UFOs as possible threats to national security, history shows that these visitors are not overtly aggressive and evade aerial pursuit rather than turn to attack their pursuers.