Igloolik, sometimes spelled Iglulik, is a community in Nunavut, northern Canada. Because it is on a small island in Foxe Basin that is very close to the Melville Peninsula (and to a lesser degree, Baffin Island), it is often mistaken to be on the peninsula. The residents are the Iglulingmiut. The name "Igloolik" means "there is an igloo here" in Inuktitut.
Non-indigenous establishments, such as RCMP stations, day schools, and clinics, were here before they came to be in surrounding communities. In addition to the Inuit, some First Nations also came to schools here.
In anthropology, the Iglulik Inuit are usually considered to be not just the Iglulingmiut, but also those Inuit on northern Baffin Island, on Southampton Island, and in the Melville Peninsula.
An ancient legend from the Igloolik area was adapted into the award-winning Canadian film Atanarjuat in 2001.
According to the 2001 Statistics Canada census:
|Population: ||1,286 (+9.5% from 1996) |
|Land area: ||102.87 kmē |
|Population density: ||12.5 people/kmē |
|Median age: ||18.7 (males: 18.7, females: 18.8) |
|Total private dwellings: ||324 |
|Median household income: ||$35,904 |
The growth of the Iglulingmiut since White contact:
- 146 (1822)
- 485 (1963)
- 680 (1967)
- 867 (1972)
- 1,174 (1996)
- 1,286 (2001)
The territorial government statistics sometimes include those Iglulingmiut residing in Hall Beach, a community on Meville Peninsula nearby, as well.
- Photos (http://www.ssimicro.com/gallery/album18)