Raingie Tukai, 38, was reported missing from Inukjuak in May. Police charged Joanassie Weetaluktuk in early June with murder and indignity to a corpse in relation to her death. (Photo courtesy of Nunavik Police Service)

Arrest made in death of missing Nunavik woman

Raingie Tukai reported missing in May; Inukjuak man faces two charges

By Nunatsiaq News

A 33-year-old man has been charged with murder and committing an indignity to a corpse after the body of a missing woman was discovered on a residential property in Inukjuak in early June.

Raingie Tukai, 38, had been reported missing May 5.

Quebec provincial police’s major crimes division took over the case at the beginning of May, according to Sgt. Nancy Fournier.

“On June 1, Nunavik Police Service officers were called to the property of a residence in Inukjuak following the discovery of the body of a woman,” Fournier said in an email.

The death was treated as suspicious and investigators from Quebec police’s personal crime investigation department as well as a forensic identification technician travelled to the scene to determine the cause of death.

Joanassie Weetaluktuk, of Inukjuak, was arrested June 3 in relation to the discovery. He was later charged with murder and committing an indignity to a corpse.


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(3) Comments:

  1. Posted by Lucy Grey on

    Isn’t it super weird how we as Nunavimmiut were never informed nor updated? We shared missing posts concerning Raingi. How come no one bothered to share what was happening? Police? Crown’s office? Coroner? Community member? KRG? Anyone who cared? Nunatsiaq News? CBC? Free press?

    • Posted by Deeply wounded Nunavik on

      I agree, there’s a missing link that connects and respects humanity. Nunavik is deeply wounded and there’s no insight into the implications of that wound. Just stop and look around, as I can see you did, but most never even have slight awareness to what’s happening. I don’t see any one party, race or creed to lay blame upon neither. I would put blame to many aspects. The influx of new people into Nunavik combined with the local lack of motivation to strive towards cherishing life, and making a good future for our children is the reason why there’s too much greed and disrespect among the population. It’s just happening, no control, nor restrictions, no checks and bounds. It’s dangerous for small inuit communities, kuujjuaq is among the worse for this. It’s just people coming in, and vulnerable locals are negatively impacted.The solution lies in getting more local education, and taking the responsibility to ensure newcomers are not just flocking in large numbers. Housing and jobs for new comers are overwhelmingly pushing inuit culture and family values into decline, and the result in the meantime is people losing compassion and caring for fellow citizens. When I say , no one is to blame solely, I’m saying it as it’s a wind and life of its own. But leadership should at least acknowledge this. Otherwise down the road, there will be more newcomers than local Inuit population, that could be good or bad, but not good for longevity of local culture and traditions.


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