Ivakkak dog teams pause mid-race due to poor snow conditions

3 of the race's 12 teams have withdrawn from event after their dogs refuse to run

Soft snow and sore dog paws have forced Ivakkak dog teams to take a break mid-race, while prompting some teams to withdraw from the annual event. Twelve teams competing in Nunavik’s annual dog-sled race departed Salluit Feb. 24, heading southwest towards the Hudson coast and onwards to the race’s finish line in Puvirnituq. But soft...

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Nunavik regional councillors gather in Kuujjuaq

Kativik Regional Government regional councillors met last week at the Katittavik Town Hall in Kuujjuaq Feb. 22-25 — the first time the organization has held an in-person meeting of its regional councillors since last February. A group of photojournalism students from Jaanimmarik school took photos of the meetings for Nunatsiaq News on Thursday, led by instructor Isabelle Dubois. (Photo by Annie Lock)


Cutting caribou meat

Henry Saunders, an employee of the Northern Village of Kuujjuaq hunters’ support program, cuts caribou meat Jan. 21 to help stock the community freezer. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Caribou in sight

A lone caribou is spotted by Lavinia Flaherty, Tiivi Dupuis and Daniel Gadbois, who take aim 190 kilometres up river from Kuujjuaq, on Jan. 30. (Photo courtesy of Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)

Peaceful moment

Kuujjuaq photographer Isabelle Dubois took this photo while walking along the river during sunset Feb. 5. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)


Kuujjuaq rolls up its sleeves

Health-care workers welcome Kuujjuaq residents to the community’s COVID-19 vaccination clinic, hosted Wednesday and Thursday in the Jaanimmarik school gym. General vaccination clinics are being held in communities across Nunavik this month for adults age 18 and up. The next few villages to host clinics will be Kangirsuk Feb. 15-16 in its school gym; Tasiujaq Feb. 15-16 at the local health centre; Akulivik Feb. 15-20 in the school gym and Kangiqsualujjuaq Feb. 18-19 in the school gym. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Caribou in sight

A caribou herd stands beneath the golden sky about 190 kilometres up river from Kuujjuaq Jan. 31. (Photo courtesy of Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)

A successful hunt

Malaya Qaunirq Chapman poses next to two caribou she caught, 190 kilometres up river from Kuujjuaq on Jan. 31. “I’m so happy to do as my ancestors did, hunt long distances and provide for my friends and family. I’m in my element here,” she writes. (Photo courtesy of Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)

Butchering caribou

Daniel Gadbois, Etua Snowball and Tiivi Dupuis butcher caribou they’ve caught north of Kuujjuaq on Jan. 31 to provide meat for friends and family. (Photo by Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)