Nunavik

Nunavik confirms 1st COVID-19 death in region

Kuujjuaq resident died from complications caused by the virus on Nov. 19

Nunavik has recorded its first COVID-19 death, the region’s health board announced Wednesday. In an email sent to reporters, the board confirmed a person in Kuujjuaq died from complications caused by the disease on Nov. 19. “The Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services extends their deepest condolences to the family of an individual...

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Game on

Three hockey players take to the ice on a recently frozen Stewart Lake near Kuujjuaq on Nov. 11. (Photo by Maxence Chavanne)

Nighttime skate

The northern lights glow above a hockey player on a frozen Stewart Lake by Kuujjuaq on Nov. 11. (Photo by Maxence Chavanne)

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Turn of the season

Malaya Qaunirq Chapman captured this autumnal scene on Oct. 22 at the Range neighbourhood of Kuujjuaq. “With Kuujjuaq being in the red zone, nature walks are so helpful to keep healthy in times of such stress,” she writes. “The air is crisp as our grounds have become frosty in the mornings. The turn of season!” (Photo by Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)

Puvirnituq throat singer wins Nord-du-Quebec Artist of the Year award

Inuit throat singer Akinisie Sivuarapik (right), of Puvirnituq, Nunavik, received the Nord-du-Quebec Artist of the Year award at a ceremony on Oct. 2 at the Musée d’Art de Joliette. The award, which includes a prize of $10,000, recognizes the distinguished recent works of artists and writers and is presented by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec in cooperation with the Avataq Cultural Institute. “Akinisie Sivuarapik is a beloved, relevant and important artist. Her contribution is essential to the preservation, transmission and revitalization of katajjaniq (throat singing), an Inuit cultural treasure,” the selection jury said in a statement. The award was presented by CALQ’s Céline Lavallée (left). (Photo courtesy of Romain Guilbault / Musée d’art de Joliette)

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Out on the water

Pond Inlet brothers Lee Inuarak, left, and Michael Inuarak set out in one of two dozen boats that took part in a community narwhal hunt on Sept 22 and 23. (Photo by Norman Koonoo)