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.
Naujaat (population approx. 855) lies directly on top of the Arctic Circle in eastern Nunavut. One of the last places in the Arctic to join the modern world, it is full of traditional Inuit life. The Inuktitut name, Naujaat, means “nesting place for seagulls”. Nesting grounds are located on cliffs five kilometers north of the community and every June the area is occupied by thousands of seagulls, as well as snow birds, loons, eider ducks, longtail ducks, and jaegers.
Naujaat is renowned for its excellent artisans, especially for Inuit carvers who work in bone, ivory and stone. Community residents have formed the Aivilik Arts Society in an effort to promote Naujaat carvings and art to worldwide markets.