Mercury (Hg) is a toxic heavy metal that changes into various chemical forms through geochemical processes. It is an element that occurs naturally in the environment but with industrialization, humans have altered its cycle by adding more mercury in the water, air, and soil.
Igloolik is located on a small island in Foxe Basin, just off Melville Peninsula on the mainland of Nunavut. Although Igloolik (Population approx. 1700) is part of the Qikiqtani or Baffin region, there exists a mix of Inuit cultural traditions from each of the three regions.
Igloolik is a community that balances modern living with a traditional way of life, as illustrated in Atanarjuat, the award-winning movie based on traditional legend.