Steve Akittirq of Igloolik, Nunavut, has been charged with first-degree murder following the discovery of a woman's body near the community on Monday.

The 24-year-old man is in police custody and will appear in court in Iqaluit on June 17.

Officers with the Major Crimes Unit and Forensic Identification Services are working with local police and the Office of the Chief Coroner on the investigation.

Police have not released the name of the deceased.