A vigil honouring Savanna Pikuyak is set to take place in Ottawa Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of Sheba Pikuyak)

Ottawa vigil planned for Nunavut homicide victim

Gathering to take place Thursday on street where Savanna Pikuyak, 22, was found dead

By Jeff Pelletier - Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

A vigil to honour a young Nunavut woman who police say was the victim of a homicide earlier this week will be held Thursday in Ottawa.

On Sunday, 22-year-old Savanna Pikuyak, originally from Sanirajak, was found dead in an apartment in Nepean in the west end of Ottawa.

Nikolas Ibey, 33, was charged with second-degree murder, Ottawa Police Service said in a news release.

Thursday’s vigil is set to take place at 7 p.m. at 34 Woodvale Green, where Pikuyak’s body was found and where she had resided for about a week after moving to Ottawa to begin studies at Algonquin College.

Joan Deibs, who said she was a friend of Pikuyak, organized the vigil through a #JusticeForSavanna event on Facebook. More than 120 people have replied to the event.

“Let’s gather to honour her, and let her know we won’t forget her,” the event description reads.

Pikuyak’s mother, Sheba Pikuyak, told Nunatsiaq News on Tuesday that she’ll remember her daughter as someone who was “smart, bright” and “had a heart of gold” combined with a biting sense of humour.

“She was truly exceptional,” Sheba Pikuyak, who lives in Sanirajak, said of her daughter, who hoped to become a nurse.


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  1. Posted by Umingmak on

    Everything about this is an absolute tragedy. This young woman should be studying to become a nurse so that she can help her community & home. Instead, a vicious monster with a history of abusing & threatening women took her from her family & robbed her of her future. It’s horrific. How the system could ever let a monster like that out of prison & capable of committing this atrocity is beyond me. RIP Savanna.


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