Nunavut Territory, Canada
Igloolik, (sometimes spelled Iglulik), is an Inuit 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 thought to be on the peninsula. The name “Igloolik” means “there is an igloo here” in Inuktitut and the residents are called Iglulingmiut (~miut - “people of”).
Information about the area’s earliest inhabitants comes mainly from numerous archeological sites on the island; some dating back more than 4000 years. First contact with Europeans came when British Navy ships HMS Fury and HMS Hecla, under the command of Captain William Edward Parry, wintered in Igloolik in 1822.
The island was visited in 1867 and 1868 by the American explorer Charles Francis Hall in his search for survivors of the lost Franklin Expedition. In 1913, Alfred Tremblay, a French-Canadian prospector with Captain Joseph Bernier’s expedition to Pond Inlet, extended his mineral exploration overland to Igloolik, and in 1921 a member of Knud Rasmussen’s Fifth Thule Expedition visited the island.
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