Nunavik

‘Summer is coming’

Malaya Qaunirq Chapman took this photo of the Koksoak River, seen from Nuvuk Bay near Kuujjuaq, on Thursday, May 13. “We saw the end of ice melt from Nuvuk,” she writes. “Summer is coming! (Photo by Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)

ᓇᑉᐸᓪᓗᐊᖏᑦ ᓄᓇᕕᒃ ᐃᓐᓇᖏᑦ ᓴᐳᔾᔭᐅᓯᒪᓕᖅᐳᑦ ᓄᕙᒡᔪᐊᕐᓇᖅ-19-ᒧᑦ, ᐱᓕᕆᔨᒻᒪᕇᑦ ᐃᓱᒪᔪᑦ

“ᑎᑭᐅᑎᔪᒪᒐᑦᑕ ᐅᓄᕐᓂᖅᓴᓂᒃ ᐊᓐᓇᐅᒪᔪᓐᓇᕐᓂᖅᓴᓂᒃ. ᐅᓄᖅᓯᑎᒃᑲᓐᓂᕆᐊᖃᕋᑦᑕ ᑲᐱᓯᒃᑲᓐᓂᖅᓂᖅᒥᒃ,” ᓄᓇᕕᒃᒧᑦ ᐋᓐᓂᐊᖃᕐᓇᙱᑦᑐᓕᕆᓂᖅᒧᑦ ᑐᑭᒧᐊᖅᑎᑦᑎᔨ ᐅᖃᖅᑐᖅ

Ice breakup along the Koksoak River

Ice floats down the Koksoak River near Kuujjuaq on Wednesday during spring breakup. “In the past 20 years that I lived here, I think it’s the earliest and fasted ice breakup I have seen, as the river never really had the chance to freeze completely due to the mild weather we had this past winter,” writes Isabelle Dubois. “Usually, the earliest it would break was around the Victoria Day long weekend, and the latest I’ve seen it was towards the end of June. This year’s breakup was really smooth, without the thundering sound of ice pile ups, which there wasn’t much of.” (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

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Fiery skies over Kuujjuaq

The skies above Kuujjuaq glow during sunset on Sunday, May 9. (Photo by Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)

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Kuujjuaq vaccination clinics underway

Qullik Sequaluk of Kuujjuaq receives her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in late April while her 17-month baby boy, Lucassie, looks on. A third phase of vaccinations are scheduled to begin in Nunavik next week, when Pfizer doses will be made available for youth aged 12 to 17. (Photo by Niivi Snowball)

Nunavik teachers, support workers on strike

Kuujjuaq teachers and support workers participate in a region-wide school strike on Thursday. Their union is calling for improved working conditions and says that negotiations since talks began in March 2020 have shown little progress. (Photo by Isabelle Dubois)

Kangiqsualujjuaq celebrates homegrown university grad

Kangiqsualujjuaq residents celebrated the achievements of a homegrown university graduate on April 23 with a parade of the community’s fire trucks. Atop of one was Andrea Brazeau, who recently graduated from McGill University with a bachelor of education degree. Brazeau, 24, will be teaching Grade 4 at the community’s Ulluriaq School, which she once attended. (Photo by Malaya Qaunirq Chapman)