Rankin Inlet (pop. 2,842), started as a nickel mine that attracted Inuit from inland and the coast. Over the years, it grew into an art centre with sculptors, ceramicists and jewellers. The regional centre of the Kivalliq, Rankin is surrounded by historical sites, such as: Iqalugaarjup Nunangat Territorial Park, a Thule site on the Meliadine River, and Marble Island in Hudson Bay. Hockey star Jordin Tootoo learned his skating skills in the local arena.