Canadian astronaut to land in Nunavik schools

Dr. David Saint-Jacques used to work as a doctor at Puvirnituq’s Inuulitsivik Hospital

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

David Saint-Jacques, Canadian Space Agency astronaut, takes part in a training flight at 4 Wing Operations in Cold Lake, Alberta. (PHOTO BY PRIVATE LAURA BROPHY, CANADIAN FORCES).


David Saint-Jacques, Canadian Space Agency astronaut, takes part in a training flight at 4 Wing Operations in Cold Lake, Alberta. (PHOTO BY PRIVATE LAURA BROPHY, CANADIAN FORCES).

Students at two Nunavik schools will have a special visitor this week: Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques.

Saint-Jacques plans to visit Iguarsivik School in Puvirnituq on Nov. 28 and Kiluutaq School in Umiujaq on Nov. 29.

Before joining the Canadian Space Program, Saint-Jacques worked as a doctor and the co-director of medicine at the Inuulitsivik Health Centre in Puvirnituq.

Saint-Jacques will speak about his former experience as a doctor in Nunavik and his training to become an astronaut, a Nov. 25 news release from the Kativik School Board said.

Saint-Jacques, 41, earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Engineering Physics from École polytechnique de Montréal in 1993, and began his career as a biomedical engineer.

Saint-Jacques then went on to receive a Ph.D. in astrophysics from Cambridge University in England in 1998, and an M.D. from Université Laval in 2005.

He completed his family medicine residency at McGill University in 2007, where his training focused on first-line, isolated medical practice.

Saint-Jacques was selected in 2009 by the Canadian Space Agency and graduated from Astronaut Candidate Training at NASA in Houston, Texas, in 2011.

Since graduation, he has been assigned to the Robotics Branch of the Astronaut Office.

Saint-Jacques has not yet travelled to space.

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