About-Igloolik

Meaning: The name "Igloolik" means "there is a house here" (from iglu meaning house or building, and referring to the sod houses - not snow igloos - that were originally in the area. 

Population: 1,400

Igloolik is located on a small island in Foxe Basin, just off Melville Peninsula on the mainland of Nunavut. Although Igloolik is part of the Qikiqtani or Baffin region, there exists a mix of Inuit cultural traditions from each of the three regions. The local dialect is understood in those regions as well.

Igloolik is a community that balances modern living with a traditional way of life. Isuma Productions’ “Atanarjuat” (Fast Runner), the award-winning movie based on traditional legend, illustrates this balance. This Inuit-owned film company was the first to write, produce and perform in the Inuit language, Inuktitut.

Inuktitut is the focus of award-winning work by the Inullariit Elders Society, which is helping preserve the language as well as traditional Inuit knowledge and oral history. Archaeological sites in the area date back 4,000 – 5,000 years. Culture is a strong component of Isuma Productions, the Inullariit Elders Society, and the people of Igloolik.

Source : Nunavut Tourism Association 

 

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